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Cycling event raises over £1,500 for local hospice

An inaugural cycling event, which took place during October, has raised over £1,500 in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

The Solway Spinner, organised by BST Sporting Events, took place on Sunday 13 October with 196 cyclists signing up for the event. The 100km route took cyclists along the Solway Coast to Mawbray before heading back to Carlisle via Wigton.

Mathew Ireland, Solway Spinner organiser, explained: “It was great to see such a good turn out for the event. We’ve had nothing but good feedback so will be looking to run it again in 2020.”

The kindness and generosity of everybody who took part in the event had allowed BST Sporting Events to make a donation of £1,525 to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. The donation will allow the charity to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local people with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all the patients’ family, friends and carers.

Sam Johnston, Community and Events Fundraiser added: “We are so grateful to Mathew and the team at BST Sporting Events for hosting this wonderful event. The hospice has always had a strong affiliation with the cycling community in the local area and are proud to continue that. We look forward to seeing this event grow in the future!”

BST Sporting Events are currently planning the 2020 Solway Spinner with more information about the event to be announced soon.

If you would like to host you own fundraising event in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw please contact the Fundraising Team on 01228 817656 or visit and

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