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Charity bike ride success raises £2k for good causes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

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A CANCER survivor has revealed the grand total she raised following a mammoth charity bike ride – and how she is also doing her bit to support soldiers fighting for their country.

Katherine Sinfield revealed that a total of £2,001.23 was raised as a result of the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon event, which saw hundreds of bikers travel from Birmingham to Burton to raise money for three charities which helped her in her battle with leukaemia and her efforts to recover from a bone marrow transplant.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Balfour Street, also revealed that prizes left over following a fun day held at the Pirelli Stadium after the bike ride have been packaged up and sent to soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.

She said: “We are thrilled to have raised such an impressive amount from our first fund-raising ride – especially when you consider that the weather was against us on the day.

“Feedback from riders has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive – we are therefore seriously considering running a similar ride next year. The format may change slightly as we are tempted to just focus on the ride, the raffle and refreshments with the fun day taking on a separate entity on another date.

“The BONE-shaker MARROW-thon is set to snowball in the coming years especially now that the inaugural ride was such a success. Watch this space”.

The teacher also explained how some of the leftovers from the event will be placed into shoeboxes for soldiers.

She added: “More than a hundred bikers ventured out to support my event last week, so this is my way of supporting some of those who supported me.

“We have a lot of excess tombola prizes left and so we have packaged them together along with a few sweets, pens and snacks to fill two shoeboxes full of goodies ready for a special bike ride for soldiers.

“We did not take part so we ventured across to Halesowen to deliver the boxes to the organisers.”

The event travelled from Birmingham to the National Memorial Arboretum.

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