Clayhidon fundraisers collect £270 for Parkinson's UK

This is The West Country: PICTURED, from left, are Maureen Bendle, Alison Weekes, Doreen Pike, Judy Hutt and Nicola Bendle. PICTURED, from left, are Maureen Bendle, Alison Weekes, Doreen Pike, Judy Hutt and Nicola Bendle.

FEEDING wet and hungry cyclists and joggers proved a profitable first fundraising challenge for Clayhidon supporters of Parkinson's UK on Saturday.

They laid on morning refreshments, hot soup, a buffet lunch and cream teas for members of the Wellington Wheelers and Cycle Somerset, who used the parish hall as the base for a 50-kilometre ride around the Blackdown Hills.

David Fleming, the cycle event organiser, also arranged a family cycle ride, jog and walk, but heavy rain deterred all but the hardiest.

Alison Weekes, who organised the catering, said the event had raised £270 for Parkinson's UK.

She said: "We are very grateful for the support given by local friends and neighbours and by the generosity of the cyclists, who made this a worthwhile venture despite the dreadful weather.

“Many thanks to all those who helped with cakes, especially Di Kelly and Doreen Pike's granddaughter Charlotte, for the scones."

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