ALMOST 50 people got on their bikes to raise more than £4,000 for a Renfrewshire hospice.

A total of £4,403.10 will go to St Vincent’s Hospice, in Howwood, following the cyclathon organised by Andrea and Alan Gibson, along with friends Lesley and Mike Gallagher and Stuart and Eve Gibson.

Forty-eight cyclists took part in the event outside the Houston Inn where two stationary bikes were pedalled to the max.

Andrea was inspired by the care her father-in-law received during his final days at the hospice.

She said: “We cannot express the gratitude we as a family feel towards the staff at St Vincent’s Hospice. My father-in-law was very passionate about cycling so the cyclathon seemed like a fitting event to raise money for the hospice.”

After the challenge, around 200 locals danced the night away and took part in a raffle and competitions to win prizes.

Laura McDade, fundraiser at St Vincent’s Hospice said “Well done to all 48 cyclists that took part. What a fantastic way to fundraise. We know the preparation that goes into these type of events so we really appreciate the support.”

If you are interested in holding your own fundraising event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice contact the fundraising team on 01505 705635.