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HEMEL HILLBUSTER: Dacorum pedal power raises over £20,000 for homeless charity

 Published on: 23rd July 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A popular annual cycling event has raised over £20,000 for a Dacorum based homeless charity.

On Sunday, July 18 the Hemel Hillbuster returned to the borough, allowing cyclists to push themselves to the limit along 60k or 100k routes to raise money for DENS.

The event organised by the charity saw cyclists complete the Chiltern Hills routes and so far raise £21,861 for the charity.

Nicky Maxwell-Braithwaite, community & events fundraising manager at DENS, wanted to thank everyone involved for making the event unforgettable.

She said: “The energy and spirit on the day, from the hundreds of passionate cyclists to all of our wonderful volunteers, was amazing as always. It’s an incredible feeling to finally return to live events after over a year, and none of it would be possible without you!”

“This year has been tougher than ever and every penny raised through the Hemel Hillbuster will count towards ensuring that we can continue to meet the needs of those most vulnerable within our community.”

John Kelly was the first cyclist to finish the 100l course and said he was happy to help others through the race.

He said: “I found out about the event after receiving an email from British Cycling about sportives in the local area. I had not heard about DENS before, but I’m glad I know about them now. It feels very good to be able to help others in a small way.”

The Hemel Hillbuster was run in association with British Cycling and was kindly sponsored by Imagine, a property company with several estate and letting agency branches in Hertfordshire.

Preparations for Dens’ next event the Sleepout have begun and is due to take place on Friday, November 26.

Photo credit: DENS

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