The Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Duncan Kerr, will be swapping his ceremonial chain for a bicycle chain this month after signing up to pedal 100 miles in support of Hope House children’s hospice.

Cllr Kerr will be taking on the virtual Cycle 100 Miles in August challenge, and will be attempting to do the full amount in one go.

He will be joined on his trip by partner and fellow Oswestry Town councillor, Olly Rose, and her two children Merrick and Ione.

“I’m looking at a route which would see me go up to Dolgellau and take in the Hellfire Pass,” said Duncan.

“It’s quite a challenging route, but I’ve been putting in the work to make sure I can do the 100 miles in one ride.

“Hope House does vital work for families in the community, and we all felt that we wanted to do our bit to help out where we can.

“I took part in the Hope House ride at Lake Vyrnwy last year, and up until lockdown had been planning to do the same again. This is the next best thing. I know that hundreds of others from the area will be doing the same throughout August. If you haven’t yet signed up and have a bicycle, then please do so today and support this essential local charity.”

The Cycle 100 Miles in August challenge means cyclists, both old and new, can help raise vital funds.

Entrants will be able to get their hands on a limited edition medal and foldable water bottle, and also know they are making a huge difference to local seriously ill children and their families who desperately need help right now.

Hope House's Lynsey Kilvert, said: “We have been blown away with the support we have had for our virtual events throughout lockdown.

People really have signed up in their droves to help the hospice during the most challenging of times.

“There are still a limited number of medals for the Cycle 100 miles in August challenge left, so please make sure you sign up to avoid disappointment.”

To sign up, head to