Cycling sportive proves wheely good!

DENS Hemel Hillbuster, April 2016
DENS Hemel Hillbuster, April 2016

Homeless charity DENS hosted Hemel’s first ever cycling sportive on Sunday (April 24).

Undeterred by the wintery weather, the organisers of the Hemel Hillbuster amassed 372 registrations and raised £8,000 for the charity.

The Ermini family at the Hemel Hillbuster, who were there to support dad Alex, who rode in the 100km and grandad Mark who rode in the 60km

The Ermini family at the Hemel Hillbuster, who were there to support dad Alex, who rode in the 100km and grandad Mark who rode in the 60km

The event, supported by Dacorum Borough Council and British Cycling, began and ended at Gadebridge Park where riders chose between cycling 25, 60 or 100km routes throughout scenic countryside and up numerous challenging hills.

Since 2003, DENS has been on the frontline on the war against homelessness and poverty in Dacorum and provides a number of valuable integrated services in the community.

These include, DENS The Elms which provides emergency short term accomodation, DENS Day Centre – an advice hub and daytime sanctuary, Rent Aid – a deposit guarantee and support scheme with private landlord, DENS Dacorum Foodbank and DENS Enterprises which generates income.

Event organiser, Caroline Neill, said: “Thank you so much to all the riders who took part, all our very kind partners and the volunteers who worked so hard in planning the event and on the day.”

Due to this year’s success organisers hope to repeat the Hemel Hillbuster next year.

For more information visit www.dens.org.uk