200 miles? On yer bike...

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A CROSS-COUNTRY cycling effort by two determined ladies is due to end today as they cross the finishing line in Bielby.

Liz Kopp and Linda Thelwell have spent the past two days cycling between the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf training centre in Buckinghamshire, and the centre in East Yorkshire, a total distance of nearly 200 miles.

The pair, who are from Chesterfield, wanted to help the charity who train dogs for those who are either deaf or hard of hearing.

Liz said “Since beginning work as a lip reading teacher I have met people with Hearing Dogs and also many people who desperately need one.

“I see first hand the difference that Hearing Dogs make, which is why we decided to take on this challenge to raise as much as we can for the charity.”

They have not been doing it alone as Liz’s husband, Quentin, has very carefully planned the route and will be actively supporting them throughout the ride.

After launching from The Grange in Buckinghamshire on Tuesday, they stayed over near Northampton on Tuesday evening and then Newark on the Wednesday evening.

Lucy Nalton, community fundraising manager for Hearing Dogs in Bielby said: “This team of three has already put in a lot of time and effort in preparation for their challenge and undoubtedly the really hard work is still to come! We can’t thank them enough for choosing to support Hearing Dogs.”

Hearing Dogs receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of members of the public, trusts and companies to continue its work.