Bike ride raises more than £11k for hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 August 2018

More than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. 

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

More than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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More than 100 cyclists rode 80 miles in memory of a Weston woman.

More than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. 

Picture: MARK ATHERTONMore than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Weston Express race saw a group of 130 riders, 79 of which were from Weston, cycle from the Grand Pier to Barnstaple Rugby Club.

The ride was in memory of Jo Elliot who suddenly died of breast cancer aged 43.

More than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. 

Picture: MARK ATHERTONMore than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Jo was born and raised in Weston but moved to Barnstaple to start a family.

She beat breast cancer back in 2013 but was re-diagnosed midway through 2017 and passed away only three weeks later.

More than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. 

Picture: MARK ATHERTONMore than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

She spent her last days at North Devon Hospice and more than £11,000 has been raised for the care facility.

More than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. 

Picture: MARK ATHERTONMore than 100 cyclists setting off from Weston's Grand Pier on a charity ride to Barnstaple. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Jo’s father Mike Colkin said: “I find it hard to put into words our feelings of gratitude towards the wonderful people who helped Jo at the hospice, who took part in the cycle and those who have donated.”

To donate, log on to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy-unstead1

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