Contact lens manager, Pip Sharp, from Specsavers in Portishead is channelling her inner Victoria Pendleton as she gears up to take on the Great Weston Ride to raise money for Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. 

Pip will be cycling 56 miles on Sunday 20 July to raise money for the animal sanctuary, where she volunteers. Starting in Long Ashton, the route will be a hilly one, taking in the Mendips before passing through Cheddar and ending in Weston super Mare.

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary is a local independent charity that rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs. It receives no funding from the government or National Lottery and relies on the generosity and goodwill of supporters to keep the kennel and cattery doors open. It costs approximately £475,000 every year to run – more than £1,300 each and every single day.

Having done a bit of cycling before, Pip is now ramping up her training so that she’s fully prepared. ‘I’ve been trying to get out on my bike as much as I can. I’m crossing my fingers that the weather holds but also that it’s not too hot! I know it’s going to be tough and I’m nervous but excited about getting started,’ she said. 

You can support Pip either by visiting her fundraising page.

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