More than 200 cyclists took to the roads for a fundraiser in aid of the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, based in Princes Risborough.
The Cycle Sportive, covering distances of 100, 80 and 50 miles, through the Buckinghamshire countryside, has raised more than £4,000 which will go towards training more life-changing dogs.
The charity’s national events manager Mel Tyrer was thrilled with the turnout.
She said: “Our annual Cycle Sportive event is becoming more and more popular within the cycling community. Cycling is such a huge part of the culture here in Buckinghamshire and we are so pleased to be a part of the cycling calendar.
“Sunday, July 3, was our second annual Cycle Sportive and we were blessed with glorious weather. The unexpected sunshine really added to the fantastic atmosphere for our cyclists returning from their rides. Everyone who took part were rewarded with a well-earned barbecue on their return to our beautiful grounds here in Saunderton, which went down a treat.
“It was wonderful to see so many cyclists - both new faces and our return visitors. We are so pleased with the outcome, the funds raised truly will make an enormous difference to the work that we do here at Hearing Dogs.”
Hearing Dogs is the only UK Charity working hard to provide clever dogs to change the lives of deaf people all over the country.
A hearing dog has been specifically trained to alert a deaf person to crucial sounds they would otherwise miss. These include waking a deaf person to their morning alarm clock, letting them know when the cooker timer sounds, alerting to the doorbell and leading their deaf owner to the door, as well as signalling danger sounds such as the smoke alarm. Apart from essential practical assistance, they also provide deaf people with loyalty, companionship and independence.
The charity has spaces available in a number of sporting events throughout the year from running to walking, or even abseiling. For more information about getting involved, visit http://hearingdogs.org.uk/support/events