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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers welcome refreshment break for 100 cyclists

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers welcome refreshment break for 100 cyclists
The award winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will offer a welcome break to 100 cyclists this Saturday 6th June, as they stop off at the Discovery Centre in Craven Arms for refreshments, bananas and homemade cakes during a 100 mile charity cycle ride from Worcester to Aberdovey. It is also the same day as the Craven Arms Farmers Market so the team at the Discovery Centre are hoping for lots of visitors.

Toby Fellows who is a surveyor in Birmingham has organised the 100 mile charity cycle event in aid of St Richard's Hospice based in Worcestershire. Since Toby started the ball rolling back in June last year, there has been considerable interest from cyclists all over the Midlands and further afield. To date 100 cyclists have signed up to take part with varying ages and gender with some people approaching 70 years of age.

The event starts from The King's School Worcester playground from 7am with cyclists departing in groups of 10 -15, stopping off at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms in Shropshire around 8.30am and finishing in Aberdovey around 12-4pm. The visit by the 100 cyclists to the Discovery Centre comes just after the launch of the new 200 metre inclusive cycle path in the Onny Meadows.

The organiser Toby Fellows commented "My inspiration for starting such an event was to challenge those that would not usually do something of this nature and to push people’s boundaries, I can guarantee participants will feel a great sense of achievement which is one of the best feelings in the world!"

Toby has set a fundraising target of £200 per person which has already been surpassed by some individuals, with an anticipated total of £20,000.

As a registered charity, Grow Cook Learn who runs Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre jumped at the chance to be a designated stopping point. There has been incredible support from local businesses with £2,000 of sponsorship to help cover the cost of the event and subsidise all the cycle shirts that have been made. Sponsors include Rob Giles Groundworks, GJS Dillon Commercial Property Consultants, Erodex, Thuhrsfield Solicitors, Fisher German Estate Agents and A and H construction. A special mention must go to Lauren James who has recently started up a catering company called HomeKitchen and who is sponsoring one of the refreshment stops and supplying a lot of the food.

Toby has a justgiving site if you wish to sponsor the event:

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is managed by Grow Cook Learn, a local charity connecting people to the landscape, history and food of the Shropshire Hills. For more information visit 


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