Trio hope to extract hospice cash from cycling marathon

Jonathan Eaton, Alastair Kennedy and Simon Warburton prepare for their cycling challenge                    s131209

Jonathan Eaton, Alastair Kennedy and Simon Warburton prepare for their cycling challenge s131209

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , News Editor

A TRIO of Knutsford dentists are donning their helmets and preparing their bikes to cycle 125 miles to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice.

Gaskell Avenue dentists Simon Warburton, 53, Alastair Kennedy, 55 and Jonathan Eaton, 50, will soon be leaving the dentist’s chair and taking up a different seat for the charity by riding to Abersoch in Wales.

The trio have decided to raise money for the Macclesfield-based hospice, which this years marks its 25th anniversary.

The hospice provides its services free of charge, but receives less than 23 per cent of its funding from the Government, and as a result has to raise £6,000 every day to make ends meet.

The dentists were enjoying a cup of tea in their staff room when Jonathan – who completed the ride a couple of years back – asked his colleagues if they fancied completing the ride in the name of charity.

Simon said: “We both mumbled ‘you must be mad’, but five days later the accommodation, return transport and restaurant was all booked and we couldn’t say no.

“It’s a local charity and I did another cycle ride and raised money for them.

“They are celebrating 25 years so it’s a natural choice and they do amazing work there.”

The dentists are completing the cycle – which takes place on April 20 – with 11 cycling pals, and have been busy taking part in strenuous training regimes.

If you’d like to sponsor the dentists visit justgiving.com/GaskellCycling or text GASK50 5 and send to 70070 to donate £5.

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