Ashfield men on their bikes for John Eastwood Hospice

Four cyclists from Robinson Plastic Packaging in Sutton  get set to do a sponsored cycle to Scarborough to raise money for the Hospice, from the left are Joel Donnelly, Ian Eardley, Chris Smith and Darren Brooks
Four cyclists from Robinson Plastic Packaging in Sutton get set to do a sponsored cycle to Scarborough to raise money for the Hospice, from the left are Joel Donnelly, Ian Eardley, Chris Smith and Darren Brooks

FOUR work friends are getting on their bikes and cycling to the east coast to raise money for Sutton’s John Eastwood Hospice.

Chris Smith (31), from Stanton Hill, Ian Eardley (40), from Sutton, Joel Donnelly (28), from Sutton and Darren Brooks (31), from Church Warsop, are planning to cycle all the way from the hospice to Scarborough on 8th September.

The four all work together at Robinson Plastic Packaging in Stanton Hill and have been training hard in order to complete the 105-mile route.

“It shouldn’t take us any longer than 10 hours,” said Chris.

“We can’t wait - we have done an 80-mile bike ride just to warm up and some 70 mile bike rides in the past few weeks.”

Chris, Ian and Joel completed a sponsored cycle ride to Skegness last year, raising £1,000 for the hospice, and hope to beat that total this time.

Said Chris: “Having found Skegness a little easy, we thought of Scarborough this year to make it a better challenge as it’s a further distance!”

Colleagues from Robinsons will be travelling to Scarborough on a bus to support the group before giving them a much-needed lift home.