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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 09:03 GMT 10:03 UK
Fans' cycle ride raises 10,000
The cyclists at St Mary's
The cyclists made it to St Mary's stadium in six days
Rival football fans who took part in a six-day cycle ride have raised 10,000 towards buying an ambulance for a specialist hospital unit.

The group of Portsmouth and Southampton supporters cycled 390 miles in six days from Middlesbrough FC's stadium to the Saints' St Mary's stadium.

The money raised from sponsorship will go to the Smile4Rich campaign.

The charity needs to find 80,000 for an ambulance for Southampton General Hospital's neurointensive care unit.

The hospital's bosses are currently spending 100,000 a year hiring in private crews.

The bike trip saw the amateur cyclists stop off at York, Lincoln, Peterborough, Luton and Reading.

Fundraiser Barry Knight said of the trip: "It was a great experience, made easier by the fact that we knew we were raising a great deal of money for Smile4Rich."




SEE ALSO:
Fans ride for ambulance charity
30 Apr 05 |  Hampshire
Ambulance fund hits 20,000 mark
11 Feb 05 |  Hampshire
Hospital pays for private crews
28 Jan 05 |  Hampshire


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