Charity cycle ride cancelled due to 'severe weather'

PUBLISHED: 17:28 09 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:28 09 August 2014

The heavy rain is expected to start on Sunday.

The heavy rain is expected to start on Sunday.

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A FUNDRAISING cycle ride for Weston Hospicecare has been cancelled due to the weather and safety concerns.

The Strawberry Jam, due to start tomorrow morning, will no longer go ahead.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the South West, with heavy rain and strong winds expected.

On a message posted on the charity’s website, the fundraising team said: “With the severe weather warning still in place, and parts of the south already suffering the effects of wide spread flooding, we do not feel that we would be acting responsibly if we allowed the event to go ahead.

“As we said in our initial warning message yesterday, your safety is our top priority and we do not want anyone to be in unnecessary danger.

“There are parts of our routes that are remote and extremely exposed to the elements and weather reports are predicting high winds and very heavy rainfall as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha passes across or close to the UK.

“We are so deeply disappointed, as we are sure you are too. It’s always a great event and so many of you have been training hard and raising money ahead of tomorrow but we hope you understand it is not worth risking the safety of our riders, marshals and Hospice staff in light of what we know at the moment.”

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