Written by Editorial Team, DonateToday

Former Baggie Brendon Batson to bike for Birmingham St Mary's as hundreds of cyclists gets ready to Ride the Reservoir for the charity

Former West Bromwich Albion player, Brendon Batson, will be joining hundreds of keen cyclists in pedalling 75km across the West Midlands to help raise vital funds for Birmingham St Mary’s hospice.

Ride the Reservoir is an exciting cycle sportive, starting at Bartley Green and taking in Romsley, Belbroughton, Chaddesley Corbett and Barnt Green, before returning to the reservoir. It will take place on Sunday 18th March and all funds raised will go towards the hospice, which provides care to local families living with terminal illness.

Brendon Batson will be taking part in Ride the Reservoir this year

Brendon’s wife Cecily was cared for by the hospice in 2009. ‘The care Cecily and my family received was just incredible,’ he recalled. ‘It was a massive comfort that she was cared for at home and I’ll never forget the kindness and dignity the nurses and doctors showed us.

‘Taking on Ride the Reservoir is my way of continuing to say thank you to the Hospice for their amazing support during that time,’ he continued. ‘As a keen cyclist, I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike again and kick-starting the season with this brilliant ride.’

‘It’s fantastic to have Brendon on board this year,’ said Lucy Watkins, Event Manager at the Hospice. ‘Whilst the route may look pretty, it’s actually really challenging with plenty of ups and downs along the way.’

Last year, the event attracted more than 350 riders and raised over £16,000 for the charity.

‘It will cost £8 million to run our hospice this year, so funds raised will be absolutely vital in ensuring that we can continue to provide our care to even more local families living with terminal illness.’

Registration costs £20 per participant and places can be booked on the charity's website.