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Passion for pedalling sets new record!

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Northamptonshire’s favourite annual fundraising bike ride has ridden the crest of the cycling wave by setting another new record for those leaping into their saddles!

Cycle 4 Cynthia, which raises money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the Northampton charity Kidsaid, supporting youngsters who have suffered bereavement, bullying, abuse or family issues, saw over 1300 riders gather at Lamport Hall on Sunday (21st September) – a twenty per cent increase on the record set last year.

Among those new to both the event and the sport was the ride’s celebrity starter, Northampton Saints’ back row forward Sam Dickinson. Sadly unable to play rugby at the moment owing to a neck injury, Sam has found cycling a great way to keep up his fitness and before firing the starting hooter, told riders that he was looking forward to putting his new bike through its paces; “I feel privileged to be here to represent the Saints today and to keep up a longstanding tradition between the club and this amazing event,” Sam explained to the lycra-clad throng as they saddled up to take on the 5, 25 and 50 mile routes.

“I’m just so impressed to see so many of you of all ages turn out in support of these two wonderful causes and, even though I’ve only been cycling for a few months, I can’t wait to get out onto the course and hopefully catch some of you up!” he said.

Also cycling C4C for the first time was John Walters from Rushden who quickly found a new friend en route “I had no expectations coming into the event but I thought it was absolutely fantastic!” said John.

“Part way in, I met up with a Russian guy called Alex and because we were a similar pace, we took it in turns to take the wind and crossed the line together. It felt like it was my own Tour de France!” he grinned.

Others taking part were three generations of the Lewis family from Yelvertoft, including 69-year-old grandfather Terry, who was riding his ninth C4C, his son Martin and grandson Harry, aged 13, both riding for the third time, and their new recruit, Harry’s brother George, aged 11; “Yet again we’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and knowing that we’re supporting such good causes is an added bonus” explained Terry. “My grandsons have already pledged to bring some friends along to ride next year!”

Meanwhile, also keeping it a family affair were Liz Bates from Northampton, her daughter Jen and ten-year-old granddaughter Blake who regularly ride together at the weekends; “We did the five mile route – three times!” revealed Liz after the trio crossed under the finishing arch “Blake has raised an incredible £280 and she says if she practises enough, she may even do the 25-mile route next year. I’m so proud of her!” added Liz.

Speaking on behalf of both charities, the hospice’s fundraising manager John Helm offered his appreciation to all those who’d turned out; “The feedback we’ve had from the cyclists has been fabulous and in such glorious sunshine it seems that people have really enjoyed the new setting and the amazing views across this part of the county.

“So we just want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved, including Lamport Hall for hosting us, our teams of marshals and volunteers, and especially to all 1309 riders themselves who have helped to create another memorable day” said John.

It will be some before it is known if the 2013 total of £52,000 has been bettered but for now, riders are kindly encouraged to collect their sponsorship money as quickly as possible and deliver or send it to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Manfield Campus, Kettering Road, Northampton NN3 6NP, making cheques payable to ‘Cycle 4 Cynthia’.

Photos from the event will be on the website shortly – www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk Meanwhile to pledge your sponsorship or support for next year’s ride, please call the hospice on 01604 678088.

 

Saints’ loss is cycle ride’s gain!

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Last season he helped the Saints to double cup glory from the back row of the scrum but this Sunday, Sam Dickinson will be leading from the front as he gets the riders underway at this year’s Cycle 4 Cynthia! 

You see the Franklin’s Gardens hero is currently out through a neck injury and won’t be travelling to Newcastle with the side as it continues its defence of the premiership title, but instead will be turning to his new found passion for two wheels to support what has become Northamptonshire’s favourite annual fundraising bike ride!

Cycle 4 Cynthia, which is raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the Northampton children’s charity Kidsaid, is hoping to attract more than 1200 cyclists to its new venue of Lamport Hall and Sam says that, while he’ll miss the trip up north, he’s delighted to be playing his part back home; “I was at the launch of the event at Franklin’s Gardens back in February and was really impressed by the passion and enthusiasm that seems to be behind this ride” he explained.

“So while I’m of course sorry not to be playing rugby with the other boys, I’m absolutely thrilled to keep up the club’s longstanding association with Cycle 4 Cynthia and hoping that, as well as firing the starting gun, I might even leap into the saddle of my new bike and join the other riders!” he added.

As celebrity starter for the ride, Sam is following in the footsteps of the likes of former Saints captain Pat Lam, singer-songwriter Curtis Stigers , Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley and former England cricketer Allan Lamb, who will himself be back at Lamport on Sunday .

For Sue Bownass from the hospice, news of the two sporting stars’ appearance is a real boost to the big day; “We’re on target for our biggest ride yet and we’re hoping that Sam and Allan’s involvement will encourage even more to turn out and join us for what promises to be another super day!” said Sue.

“And don’t worry if you think it’s too late – it’s not! With distances to suit all ages and abilities and a real family atmosphere, all you need is a bike, a helmet and a desire to show your support for our two great charities, so please come along!” she enthused.

Cycle 4 Cynthia, which is now in its eleventh year, is taking place from 9am this Sunday, starting and finishing at Lamport Hall. It will again offer riders 5, 25 or 50-mile routes around the delightful villages of north and west Northamptonshire.

Entry is £20 for adults, £10 for children and £50 for families. For more information, including details of the routes, entry and sponsorship forms, or to register online, please visit www.cycle4cynthia.com or call Sue Bownass at the hospice on 01604 678088. Alternatively, cyclists can turn up on the day from 8am to register and ride!

Saints star rues sporting clash!

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Northamptonshire’s favourite annual charity bike ride will be without one of its most famous cyclists this year as Saints coach Jim Mallinder switches his lycra and pedals for line-outs and penalties!

You see the Franklin’s Gardens hero, who led his team to double success in the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup last season, will be in Newcastle on Sunday 21st September for his side’s latest league fixture which means he’ll miss Cycle 4 Cynthia for the first time in three years.

The ride, which is raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the Northampton children’s charity Kidsaid, is hoping to attract more than 1200 cyclists to its new venue of Lamport Hall and Jim says he’s gutted not to be taking part; “The only thing that was going to prevent my getting on my bike again this year was a match,” revealed Jim, who previously participated in the public leg of the Tour de France, “so you can imagine how disappointed I was when I looked at the fixture list and spotted the clash!

“I’ve loved taking part in the ride the last two years because not only is it a fantastic fundraiser for the charities but it also has a wonderful atmosphere, with serious riders and leisurely pedalers all coming together to show their support, and I’m going to really miss that!” he added.

And Jim’s sentiment is not all just words! Despite being unable to ride on the day itself, he has demonstrated his continuing commitment to the cause by cycling the event’s 25 mile route with three of his Saints colleagues earlier this month – and is now urging others to get on their bikes; “I wasn’t surprised to hear recently how cycling is more popular than ever and so I hope this event captures that enthusiasm and that a record number turn out to join the fun” said Jim.

“Even Saints fans have no excuse because the ride starts at 9 o’clock so that gives plenty of time to still get home to follow the match and hopefully watch us stuff the Falcons!” he enthused!

Cycle 4 Cynthia, which is now in its eleventh year, is on Sunday 21st September and will start and finish at Lamport Hall. It will again offer riders 5, 25 or 50-mile routes around the delightful villages of north and west Northamptonshire.

Entry is £20 for adults, £10 for children and £50 for families. For more information, including details of the routes, entry and sponsorship forms, or to register online, please visit www.cycle4cynthia.com or call Sue Bownass at the hospice on 01604 678088.

Bike ride bids for gnomentous year!

  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Lampy with Helen Skelton   

They may be considered a horticultural horror by many gardeners, and certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but gnomes are likely to be out in force at Lamport Hall next month for this year’s Cycle 4 Cynthia!

You see, as featured in the Bank Holiday edition of BBCs Countryfile, the impressive stately home near Kettering is home to the world’s oldest gnome which was brought from Germany in the 1800s by former owner Sir Charles Isham, and the organisers of Northamptonshire’s favourite annual cycle ride which is taking place at the Hall on 21st September are hoping that ‘Lampy’ – who is allegedly insured for an impressive £2m – will inspire those cyclists keen to pedal off with the prize for the best fancy dress!

The ride, which last year saw around 1100 riders take part, is raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Kidsaid and Sue Bownass from the hospice is encouraging riders to re-create the white-bearded, pointy-capped look of the little statue; “We’ve had some great outfits in previous years including cats, cartoon superheroes and even the T-Birds and Pink Ladies from Grease and they really put a smile on our riders’ faces!” explained Sue.

“So we’d love it if we had a few gnomes leap into their saddles this year because, while the ride has a serious mission to raise much-needed funds for our two deserving charities, it’s also a great fun, family event and this would be the perfect costume to wear to mark the arrival at our new venue!” she added.

Those are sentiments echoed by Lamport’s Assistant Property Manager, Neil Lyon who is delighted that their famous diminutive houseguest might be immortalised in this way; “Gnomes have often been seen as figures of ridicule but last year, Lampy was given the seal of approval when he was invited to be a guest of honour at the Chelsea Flower Show – the first time gnomes had been allowed in!” explained Neil.

“I’m sure Lampy would be pleased to think that he was playing his small part in helping to raise even more money for this wonderful event and he cant wait to see all those riders with red pointed hats perched on top of their cycle helmets pedal off down the drive!” enthused Neil.

Cycle 4 Cynthia, now in its eleventh year, will start and finish at Lamport Hall. It will again offer riders 5, 25 or 50-mile routes around the delightful villages of north and west Northamptonshire. Entry is £15 for adults, £7.50 for children and £35 for families for those registering before 5th September. 

For more information, including details of the routes, entry and sponsorship forms, or to register online, please visit www.cycle4cynthia.com or to become an event sponsor, please call Sue Bownass at the hospice on 01604 678088.

Vacancy at Kidsaid House

Kidsaid currently have a vacancy for an Administration Assistant on a temporary, 3 month contract. 

£11.00 per hour

27 hours per week, 3 month contract commencing September 2014

The role of the Administrative Assistant is to provide efficient support to the Kids Aid Charity and ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the office and business.   The main responsibilities will include:

Administration

Front line response to all enquiries

Database maintenance

Coordinating meetings and minute taking

Helping to raise income; through supporting bids, marketing facilities & corporate activity

We are looking for a personable individual with excellent communication skills, who will be self-motivated, able to work effectively alone or as part of a team. They will be highly organised with a flexible, positive attitude.  Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications and previous clerical experience would be advantageous.

Applications by CV and covering letter are to be received by 26th August 2014 and can be emailed to info@kidsaid.org.uk.

KidsAid is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is therefore subject to an enhanced disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

To find out more about Kids Aid visit www.kidsaid.org.uk or if you would like further information about the role please call Tessa Taylor, Administration Manager on 01604 630332.