JE James’s fab raffle prize for Flagg Challenge charity ride

Cycle specialists JE James have donated a racing bike as a prize for the Derbyshire Times Flagg Cycle Challenge, raising funds for Chesterfields Ashgate Hospice, pictured is Mick Burr with the prize bike

Cycle specialists JE James have donated a racing bike as a prize for the Derbyshire Times Flagg Cycle Challenge, raising funds for Chesterfields Ashgate Hospice, pictured is Mick Burr with the prize bike

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Bike riders are being given another great reason to get on board for this year’s JE James and Derbyshire Times’s Flagg Cycle Challenge for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.

The fundraising event’s sponsors have donated a Haibike Q Race SL road bike which will be raffled as part of the Flagg Cycle Challenge.

Dean Poole, of Chesterfield’s award-winning JE James’s store, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this great event for the second year running and thought we’d give riders and supporters of the hospice a chance to get their hands on this great prize.”

The bike is being raffled as part of fundraising efforts as cyclists have already begun signing up for the Flagg Challenge’s 25-mile and 50-mile charity rides.

The Flagg Challenge 50-miler sets off from the hospice from 9am, on Sunday, July 26, with breathtaking views including Chatsworth House and climbs through Sheldon, Birchover and Stanton-in-the-Peak.

Entrants receive sponsor forms, fundraising tips and maps after paying a £22 fee.

The route includes Baslow, Ashford-in-the-Water, Flagg, Monyash, and Rowsley before returning to Ashgate Hospice.

There is also an alternate 25-mile ride setting off from the hospice to Ashford-in-the-Water and back.

Those keen to help can enter the event via www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/events/flaggchallenge/ or via events at www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk.

For information contact reporter Jon Cooper on 01246 504524 and jon.cooper@jpress.co.uk or contact the hospice’s Charlotte Gratton on 01246 567250 or charlotte.gratton@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk.

Raffle tickets for JE James’s bike prize are available to buy or sell for the hospice from JE James’s, off Whiitington Moor roundabout, or by calling or visiting the hospice on Ashgate Road, Old Brampton.

Those signing up for the 25-mile or 50-mile Flagg rides will also be armed with bike prize raffle tickets to sell to boost their fundraising efforts.

Riders pulling in sponsors from friends, family and colleagues can put raffle ticket sales towards their grand total of money raised.

DT reporter and ride organiser Jon Cooper said: “Both the 25-miler and 50-miler are tough tests because the Peak District offers some unforgiving climbs. But if riders commit to pledges and pull in the sponsors and raffle ticket sales too there can be no greater motivation than knowing their efforts on the road will be converted into much need support for the hospice.”

Raffle tickets will also be available at forthcoming hospice events.