It doesn’t seem that long ago since we
sponsored the 2017 Cycle4Cynthia but
time flies and on Sunday 23rd September the event will be held once
again - this year at the impressive Althorp House (by kind permission of the
Earl and Countess Spencer). Chelton Brown have supported this event as a main
sponsor for many years and for the past few years have also provided the medals
that are presented on the finish line to all the cyclists as they successfully
complete their rides. This year is no
exception and members of the Chelton Brown team will be enthusiastically
awaiting the cyclists’ return on the finish line to give out their shiny new
It all started in 2003 when a local Northamptonshire businessman encouraged a group of friends to take part in a cycle ride around the county's rolling countryside to raise money for the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Such was its success, Cycle4Cynthia was born.
In 2004, when the Hospice launched a £1.5 million appeal, he decided to extend the event beyond simply inviting his friends for a casual bike ride and encouraged families, businesses and cycle enthusiasts to both sponsor and take part in Cycle4Cynthia to help raise funds for the Hospice.
Cyclists had a choice of three routes, 5 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles encompassing some of the county's most attractive stately homes including Althorp House, Kelmarsh Hall, Cottesbrooke Hall and Holdenby House. The result was phenomenal; over 460 people took part, raising a staggering £35,000.
As support for the event grew over the following years it was decided to split the money raised between Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and various other cancer & children’s charities.
However, in 2015 the ride returned to Althorp, when the Hospice became the sole beneficiary, while the following year, 2016, it moved to Holdenby House.
Last year, 2017 Cycle4Cynthia was held at Lamport Hall where approximately 1100 cyclists took part and it was a really beautiful sunny day and the number of spectators added to the fantastic atmosphere as they cheered on their family and friends.
The following was announced at the 2018 launch event held at Franklin’s Gardens in March:
· 14 years, thousands of pedallers and tens of thousands of miles later, Northamptonshire’s favourite sponsored cycle ride has reached a remarkable fundraising milestone, topping the £500,000 mark!
· The amazing total was revealed at the launch of the fifteenth year of Cycle4Cynthia at Franklin’s Gardens and comes thanks to the £76k which was raised by the 1100 riders who took part in the ride last September in aid of Northampton’s Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
Chelton Brown are proud sponsors of such a worthy cause. For more details of the event visit www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk