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What’s in a name for Old Cogders’ cycle challenge

A rose by any other name – the Old Codgers Way of the Roses team arrives in Bridlington

Word association was enough to spur a group of “Old Codgers” from Kendal into raising £732 for charity on a 170-mile cross-country cycle challenge.

They raised their donation for Rosemere Cancer Foudation by completing the Way of the Roses – a coast-to-coast route from Morecambe to Bridlington – in just 16 hours.

Member Dave Henderson chose to help Rosemere Cancer Foundation after one of the Old Codgers – a cycling group that rides out on Wednesdays from the cycle store in Wildman Street – was treated for prostate cancer at Rosemere Cancer Centre, South Cumbria’s and Lancashire’s regional specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

To keep to the rose theme, another group member, Liz Sandham, came up with the Way of the Roses plan.

Cycling with them were fellow Old Codgers Nev Sandham, Martin Holden, and David ‘Diddy’ Holden plus friends Steve Arnott and Julie Jones with Carolyn Holden in support. Carolyn shadowed them by car and provided en route refreshments.

Liz said: “I had been looking at the Way of the Roses as a challenge for us and when Dave mentioned fundraising for Rosemere, it just fitted perfectly. We would like to thank everyone who supported us.”

The group’s Just Giving page is still open so anyone wanting to add to their donation can do so by visiting

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire being treated not only at Rosemere Cancer Centre but also at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including those at Westmorland and Furness General Hospitals and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford. For further information on its work, including how to make a donation, visit

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