DOZENS of traders and shoppers took part in a gruelling cycling marathon in Hyde on Friday . . . without moving a single inch.
More than 40 people climbed onto the static bike outside Sweet Memories, in the town’s indoor market, raising vital funds for the charity Comic Relief.
The stunt, organised by Sweet Memories’ Ron Kershaw and Adele Fenwick, was one of many fund-raising events across Tameside that asked people to do something funny for money for Red Nose Day.
It raised more than £220 for the charity – with donations from those who pedalled and those who watched from the side-lines.
And among those to take to the saddle was Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, who was delighted that so many people supported the charity event.
“Across Tameside and across the country, people have been raising money for good causes and having a good time too,” said Mr Reynolds.
“The cycling marathon in Hyde indoor market was great fun, both for those who took part and those who watched.
“Whether people have chosen to sell cakes, to wear fancy dress or sit in a bath of baked beans, their actions have helped to raise a record-breaking amount on Red Nose Day.
“The money raised will play a part in changing lives in some of the poorest parts of the world and in the UK too. And I am delighted that there are still so many events in support of this charity in our area.”
Since 1985 Red Nose Day and Sport Relief have raised more than £800million, which has been used in more than 70 different countries – including more than 15,000projects in the UK.
This year the Red Nose Day appeal has raised more than £75million. Donations can still be made to Comic Relief by visiting the website, www.rednoseday.com
Published 18 March, 2013