The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire completed her marathon cycle charity challenge last weekend in aid of CatZero, an organisation that helps young unemployed people, and Nidd Diabetes, a charity that aids the Diabetes Centre at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital. A challenge she completed with the support of HMT St Hugh’s hospital.
HMT was invited to support the challenge from its initiation and was happy to be involved in the planning meetings while the idea evolved. The final event, which took place over three days, included fitness instructors from Lincs Inspire and HMT staff taking part in some legs of the journey.
Mayor Councillor Christina McGilligan-Fell embarked on her mammoth journey on a tandem bike from the Meridian Time Line in Cleethorpes on Saturday, along with Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, and Melanie Onn, MP for Grimsby.
The first leg of the journey was accompanied by great weather and high spirits as she cycled to Wendover Hall in Humberston where a bowls challenge helped to raise money for the mayoral appeal. Madam Mayor then continues onto the surround villages of Ashby-cum-Fenby, Hatcliffe and Irby, taking her message of health and well-being to the borough while raising money for young people.
Day two took the mayor to Immingham, where she joined Pilgrim Swimming Club for a water rescue skill performance, learning the correct way to enter the water in a rescue attempt. At Laceby Manor Golf Club, she joined in a putting competition out on the green, before being offered a pint of Guinness in a nearby pub.
Bank Holiday Monday was no day of rest for Mayor Councillor Christina Mcgilligan-Fell, with a busy day starting with a boat trip from Immingham docks to Grimsby docks, taking on a curling challenge at Grimsby Leisure Centre before travelling to Bargate where she joined in a competitive game of squash.
She was also hosted at Grimsby Islamic Centre, a key location for her endeavour to strengthen inter-faith links and the integration of the faith’s arts and culture this mayoral year.
The mammoth cycle ended at The Discovery Centre in Cleethorpes, where she, along with her fellow riders, were greeted by supporters and an impressive buffet.
Mayor councillor Christina McGilligan-Fell said: “A huge big thank you to all the people who have supported the mayor’s charity challenge. It has been successful and I am truly proud and thankful for all the support I have had.”
Madam Mayor was cycling with the intent to bring people together and promote fitness in the borough while raising money for the two important charities along the way. The total amount raised over the course of the weekend added up to an impressive total in excess of £10,000, which will aid CatZero and Nidd Diabetes.
As a not for profit hospital, HMT St Hugh’s Hospital takes pride in supporting the community by investing surplus into projects that benefit the area, spanning across health promotion, funding research and developing facilities.
HMT St Hugh’s is proud to support several cycling teams and clubs, including world renowned JLT Condor and the recent support of Tour of The Wold, which took place earlier this month. Over the next few weeks, we will be backing a number of exciting community and fitness events including Ride with the Pro’s, the Great Grimsby 10k and the Sheffield Grand Prix.