Cyclists set to boost business and charities in Cumbria

8 September 2017 5:06PM

The Tour de Furness is set to raise thousands for charities, and also significantly boost the local economy.

Almost 600 cyclists arrived in the area last year, raising £42k for charity.

With visiting spectators and locals expected to line the route, footfall is likely to be significant.

Midwifery and nursing staff from Furness General Hospital have joined up with members of the Rotary Club of Furness, to encourage entries for the event.

Money raised will go to the Bay Hospital Charity, Bayb’s Maternity Appeal, amongst other causes.

The appeal co-ordinator for Bayb's, Heidi Bowron, and a midwifery team that includes deputy chief nurse Lynne Wyre, will be taking part in the tour.

The route starts and finishes at Roose Conservative Club in Barrow, and offers cyclists a choice of courses from five miles up to 50 miles.

Hoping for a record breaking year, Dave Salt, the committee chair of the event said: “This will be our 22nd annual ride. Our first ride had just 15 participants but last year, we had 570 riders.

"Their efforts enabled us to distribute around £42k to local good causes."

Mr Salt added: "Altogether, since that first tour in 1995, the event has raised £400k for local charities, and been enjoyed by 7,000 cyclists."

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock gave his full backing to the event. He said: "The tour has established itself as one of the highlights of the Furness calendar.

"It is a colourful and well organised spectacle, which is enjoyed by the hundreds of riders who take part, and the many spectators who look forward to it each year."

The event takes place on September 10.

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