A TEAM made up of business bosses has helped raise thousands for a Bradford hospice by cycling the length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Among those who completed the 127.25 mile cycle in two days were Alan Wintersgill, of Naylor Wintersgill; Andy Lowther, of Handelsbanken; Adam Evans, of Ilkley Cycles, and Chris Schofield, of Schofield Sweeney.

Starting out in Liverpool, the team reached the halfway point after eight hours in the saddle.

Mr Wintersgill said: “It was great to see family, friends and the Naylor Wintersgill team turn out in force to give us such a boost for the final push to Leeds.”

With donations still coming in, collectively the team have raised more than £8,000 so far to support patients at the Marie Curie Bradford hospice.

Sharon Link, community fundraiser at the hospice said: “We are extremely grateful to the fundraising four. Their support means so much. To raise enough to pay for two days at the hospice is such an achievement and one they should be really proud of.”

Mr Wintersgill added, “It was a tough challenge but for a very worthy cause. Would I do it again? If someone had asked me this straight after the challenge the answer would be no, but now, for a worthy cause…why not?”