Bourne's Don't Lose Hope charity coffers boosted by bike-ride and musical marathon

  Posted: 29.06.20 at 18:49 by The Editor

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A bike-ride and musical marathon is set to swell the coffers of Bourne-based charity Don’t Lose Hope to the tune of more than £2,000.

Keen cyclist Peter Brister completed a mammoth 2,070km (1,286 miles) ride for the mental health charity – after cycling 1km for every £1 raised by his son, Dom, from a fundraising virtual concert.

Dom is the husband of Don't Lose Hope's founder Nicola Brister and has been performing around the Bourne area and much further afield for over 20 years.

He decided to 'raise a few pounds' for the charity by singing an online gig - a 41-song marathon – to celebrate his 41st birthday.

As the money started to roll in, dad Peter upped the ante, pledging that for every £1 raised he would spend 1km in the saddle.

So, starting on June 3 with a combination of online indoor rides and many miles outdoors, 67-year-old Peter covered an average of 100km a day before riding into Bourne at 5pm on 26 June to complete the challenge as promised - a date which has special significance for the Brister family.

The day marked the birthday of Peter’s son and Dom’s brother, Ed, who tragically died two years ago aged just 33.

Dom told Bourne Nub News: "In 2018, my then 65-year-old father had completed the 100-mile Ride London cycle event as part of the 2012 Olympic legacy.

"But the following morning he received a call that would change his and our family's lives forever.

"My brother Edward Harry Brister had passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in the early hours of 31 July, leaving my parents Peter and Gerry, me and my other brother Simon, as well as nephews, nieces and many close family utterly distraught.

"Ed was a larger than life character who always put others first and thoroughly embodied the Don't Lose Hope ethos.

"He now lives on through Eddy Bear, the Don't Lose Hope Mascot. A big friendly cuddly face that brings smiles to all."

As Peter, from Grantham, rode towards Bourne on the final leg of his challenge he was met at Morton Crossroads by Dom, and charity volunteers Stuart and Sharon.

They escorted him into town accompanied by loud music and the sounds of clapping and cheering from socially-distanced well-wishers lining the final kilometre to the Don't Lose Hope café.

"North Street was hugely supportive, with families coming out to cheer dad on.

"Every penny raised will go straight to the incredible work that Don't Lose Hope does in supporting the well-being of those living in and around the Bourne area," added Dom.

If anyone would like to donate to Don't Lose Hope's work in the local community can do so here

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