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Trail riders raise £2k for Phoenix Appeal

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

The cyclists arrive at Portreath after their ride from Devoran.

The cyclists arrive at Portreath after their ride from Devoran.

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MORE than 20 cyclists took part in a 22-mile sponsored ride that raised more than £2,000 for the Phoenix Stroke Appeal. Riders cycled from Devoran to Portreath, stopping at Bissoe Cycle Hire on the way.

Organiser Stuart Mee said: "It was a great day out, and a great result for the appeal."

Some riders were stroke specialists from Bodmin or Camborne Redruth Community Hospitals, as well as the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which entered a seven-strong team.

The biggest sponsorship raiser was Melissa Pereira, who did the ride with her son Matt and daughter Rebekah. Mrs Pereira's mother suffered a stroke in March and spent a week in the Phoenix ward of The Royal Cornwall Hospital and a further seven recuperating at Camborne Redruth Community Hospital.

Mrs Pereira said: "We just wanted to show our gratitude for the care that my mum has received both at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and at Camborne Redruth, and the community carers, because everybody has been amazing."

The Phoenix Stroke Appeal has passed £450,000 on its way to its £500,000 target to improve Cornwall's stroke services. Money raised by the appeal buys equipment for the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Bodmin and Camborne Redruth Community Hospitals, and stroke carers in the community.

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