SILHILLIANS are being encourage to get in their bikes this weekend to give hope to heart patients.
While advance registration for the Heart of England Bike Ride has closed, organisers are urging people to turn up this Sunday (July 19) and take part in the popular charity bike ride through the Warwickshire countryside in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Organised by the Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club, the event is suitable for people of all ages and cycling abilities – giving participants the opportunity to chose between a 13, 19 and 31 mile circular routes along quiet country lanes.
Last year, the popular event raised over £12,000 for BHF- with this year’s funds going towards the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
The appeal aims to raise enough money to fund the ground-breaking research that could help the heart to ‘heal itself’ and prevent thousands of people developing heart failure.
Donna Stokes, local BHF Community Fundraising Manager, said that despite already having nearly 400 people sign up for the bike ride, they hope to see more people turn up on the day.
She added: “It’s a great event, we have always received really positive feedback from people advising us how much they enjoyed the event, how friendly everyone was and how well organised the event was.
“It would be great if people could support the event and help make it an even bigger success this year.”
Afterward completing their ride, participants are invited to enjoy complimentary entry to the Packwood House National Trust house and gardens or purchase food from the Knowle and Dorridge Lions BBQ.
The event starts between 9.30am and 11.30am on Sunday, July 19 at the Packwood House National Trust property in Lapworth.
Sign-ups on the day cost £15 for adult entrants and £7.50 for children.
More information can be found online at www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/bikeride