Pedalling on for Ben’s Den

A team of cyclists are gearing up for a charity bike ride in aid of Ben's Den, pictured are Matt Hudson, Lucy Haywood, Pete Priestley, Tracey Parker and Kev Hill
A team of cyclists are gearing up for a charity bike ride in aid of Ben's Den, pictured are Matt Hudson, Lucy Haywood, Pete Priestley, Tracey Parker and Kev Hill
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A group of friends got on their bikes rides to raise money for Ilkeston charity Ben’s Den.

Tracey Parker, whose son Ben lost his battle with leukaemia in 2003, set off to ride from Ilkeston to Mablethorpe on Saturday.

However, 20 miles in to the challenge Tracey fell off and had to be taken to hospital.

Despite this ,the rest of the team, including Lucy Haywood, carried on.

Lucy said: “We had a few mishaps on the way. Tracey fell off her bike 20 miles from Ilkeston and had to be rushed to hospital. We carried on and she met us at Newark in the support car.

“It took us seven and a half hours. It was really good and a great achievement. We’re on target to raise £1,000.

“I have a few aches and pains . We stayed in one of the caravans so it’s nice to see where the money goes.”

It was a big challenge for Tracey and Lucy Haywood who are total amateurs. They left Ilkeston at 6.30am and arrived in Mablethorpe at 4.20pm.

The ride will be followed by a second when 12 professional cyclists will ride from Ilkeston to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, then to Sheffield Hospital, before going back to Nottingham. Those taking part include Kev Hill.

Ben’s Den was set up in 2004 following Ben’s death at the age of 13 following a three year battle with leukaemia. Money raised through the charity - the Ben Parker Trust Fund - has paid for two caravans in Mablethorpe where families with sick children can have a holiday.