Pip Sharp, a team member from Specsavers in Portishead took part in a 56-mile bike ride, raising more than £280 for Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary.

Taking part in the fifth Great Weston Ride, Pip, who is the contact lens manager, geared up for the ride from Long Ashton to Weston super Mare in support of the local animal sanctuary where she volunteers in her spare time.

‘I have seen first-hand the fantastic work the team does through my volunteering,’ said Pip.

‘It’s especially difficult for them as Holly Hedge doesn’t receive any government funding, so it’s really important that we continue to raise money through events such as this.’

‘I trained really hard leading up to the event and it definitely paid off,’ added Pip. ‘The route was quite tough, but we were lucky to have good weather on the day and I’m really pleased with the amount I raised for the animal sanctuary.’

Supporters are still able to make a donation by visiting the Portishead store. 

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and mistreated cats and dogs. To continue its operations, the sanctuary relies on a team of volunteers as well as the generosity of supporters in order to meet its annual running costs of around £475,000.

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