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Cycle marathons raise 'moor' money for hospice

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 15, 2012

Members of Lipson Vale Primary School take part in the St Luke's Hospice Tour de Moor event, along with more than a thousand riders PictureS: Penny Cross

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More than 1,000 keen cyclists have stormed Dartmoor for the annual Tour de Moor event in aid of St Luke's Hospice.

The event boasted a seven, 15 and 35 mile route and attracted about 1,200 cyclists across the Plym Valley trail and Dartmoor.

As the Plymouth-based hospice marks its 30th anniversary, it is hoped that £60,000 will be raised from the event for patient care.

Now in its third year, Tour de Moor has grown year on year.

Josie Burke, senior fundraising manager for St Luke's, said: "It has been a brilliant event, our biggest yet. Lots of teams have taken part and we've had loads of families getting involved.

"Grandparents and young children have been cycling the seven mile course and parents and older children have been attempting the longer courses.

"The weather has been fantastic as well which has also helped."

As cyclists set off to test their endurance, the first ones left Coypool Car Park at 8am, and the last at 10.30am. They returned throughout the afternoon after cycling through Shaw Prior, Yelverton and Princetown.

Josie said: "We care for over 3,200 patients a year, offering specialist end-of-life care to both our patients and their families. Without fundraising events such as Tour de Moor we would be unable to offer the specialist services that we provide in the hospital, home and hospice.

"We couldn't have done this without our sponsors, Itec, they have gone above and beyond what is expected of a sponsor so we want to thank them.

"We hope to see everyone here next year when it will be even bigger and better."

It costs more than £6 million to run the hospice every year and only 32% is received from the government so St Luke's relies on fundraising efforts to raise the remaining £4.5 million.

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