Published: 00:01, 23 August 2014
It was an 80th birthday to remember for a man who cycled around Brands Hatch with 22 members of his family to support EllenorLions Hospices.
Bob Kneller, of Redhill Wood, New Ash Green, was joined by son Lee and his wife Wendy; daughter Andrea and husband Bob; stepdaughter Katy with her son Tom; granddaughter Leisse with husband Mark and children Ella, Ollie and Tede.
Alongside them was grandson Lee with his wife Rachel and their children Finley, Jack, Ellie and Riley; grandsons Jon, Shane, Aarron and Terry, with his daughter Courtney.
It took place around the famous Indy Circuit on Friday and was organised by the Swanley and North Downs Lions Club.
Bob, who was 80 on Sunday, said: “Five years ago I was very proud when three generations of my family joined me in riding the London to Brighton Cycle Ride.
“I’ve always done charity events like this since I retired. I used to do the London to Brighton but I think my family have banned me from doing it now, at my age.
“I’ve been doing this for the last three years which is for EllenorLions and I think it’s an important charity to support and I think a lot of people have had or know someone who has used it at some point.”
Mr Kneller cycles up to 20 miles a week to keep fit.
Most of the money raised will go to EllenorLions Hospices which incorporates chYps, the service for young people.
Just under 200 riders, many of them under 14, took part in the ninth Swanley & North Downs Lions Club’s Bike Around Brands and raised approximately £5,500
Organiser Colin McRobert said: “Despite the rain earlier in the day, which must have put off a few people, we had a good turnout. They were rewarded with a warm dry evening and thankfully, a dry track.
“The income, most of which will go to support the local hospice which local Lions founded, is up on last year - all in all a pretty good result.
“Our thanks to Jonathan Palmer and the staff at Brands Hatch for their help and cooperation and to everyone who took part.”
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