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Betty's on her bike

07 February 2020 chsw Fundraising

After completing the London Marathon last year and raising over £46,000 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Fred Thomas, AKA Skinners Brewery mascot Betty Stogs, is now in full training for Ride for Precious Lives.

Ride for Precious Lives is an annual, sponsored cycling event put on by CHSW which is now in its 12th year and usually sees around 75 cyclists take on the challenge. The cycle covers three counties in three days stopping off at three children’s hospices over the 205 miles. Fred will start alongside the other riders at Little Harbour on 10th July, stopping off at Little Bridge House in Barnstaple on day two and on day three the event will finish at Charlton Farm children’s hospice near Bristol.

Fred has already got his bike and helmet from Clive Mitchell Cycles and is out doing regular training rides in between working and rehearsing for the local panto.

Looking ahead to Ride for Precious Lives Fred said; “Training for the cycle is obviously very different from marathon training but I am enjoying it.

I have heard such great things about this event and I truly believe that if I can take on the 205 miles then anyone can. Children’s Hospice South West is a charity very close to my heart and I am really looking forward to being a part of Ride for Precious Lives 2020 as Betty.”

Each cyclist is encouraged to raise £1000 in sponsorship which will go towards the care and support offered to children and their families that visit CHSW’s hospices.