Leicester Tigers stars George Catchpole and George Worth held the official starting ribbon for the club’s official charity partner Hope Against Cancer’s cycle challenge launch at the weekend.
Starting at Leicester Cathedral, the event marked the start of a 300-mile sponsored cycle to the Peak District and back.
The ride, this year is named ‘Hope to Hope’ saw more than 50 riders take part with the aim of raising money for the charity and it’s continued work funding research into cancer and clinical trials across Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicester’s Mayor Peter Soulsby had the honour of cutting the ribbon to start the ride which will take place over four days.
Nigel Rose, chief executive at Hope Against Cancer, said: “Events like our cycle challenge are a great way to bring people affected by cancer together to help raise money and awareness.
“Having the support of a great club like Leicester Tigers only strengthens our cause and we were delighted to welcome George Catchpole and George Worth down for the event. They were on hand to wish our cyclists good luck and posed for photos which means a lot.
“Good luck to all our cyclists taking part and our thanks for all their efforts. We’re excited about working closely with Tigers over the coming season.”
Established in 2003, Hope Against Cancer to date has funded more than 60 research projects tackling many forms of cancer. In 2012 Hope opened a dedicated clinical trials facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary in a partnership between the University of Leicester, University Hospitals of Leicester and the charity.
Find out more about Hope Against Cancer by checking out our official charity partner page for the 2017/18 campaign.