STAFF at an estate agents in Stroud raised more thanjust over £1,500 during a sponsored cyclebike ride for a children’s charity.

Perry Bishop & and Leaders in Lansdown, Stroud, were supporting the James Hopkins Trust children’s hospice.

They organised a sponsored bike ride of 144 miles, the distance between Stroud and Worthing, where the company’s head office is based.

Branch manager Elaine Dunlop, said: “We had a fabulous day, it was really well received by people passing by and it was nice to see people getting into it.”

The team of 11 took it in turns to cycle the distance on an exercise bike set up at their office on Monday, March 23. They cycled non-stop throughout the day from 8am to 6pm. andThe team also made cakes to sell.

Staff would like to thank Stratford Park Leisure Centre for the loan of the exercise bike.

Sarah James, head of fundraising at the charity, said: “It is an excellent opportunity to increase our profile in the county whilest raising funds.”

The trust provides free nursing respite care for severely disabled and terminally ill, life limited and life threatened young children living in Gloucestershire.

“We are the only registered charity in the whole of Gloucestershire to provide this level of care in either the family home or at Kites Corner, our multi-sensory respite centre and garden,” said Sarah.

She added: “We have really enjoyed getting to know the Stroud team from Perry Bishop & Leaders, they have been full of energy and absolutely committed to making a difference.

“Without the generous support of our Gloucestershire community and businesses like Perry Bishop & Leaders we would really struggle to support our families.”