Organisers of a charity cycle event from Derry have thanked everyone who took part.

The ‘Tour de Foyle’ event last Saturday involved a 50-mile cycle from Derry to Magilligan, across Lough Foyle in a ferry and back to Derry from Greencastle.

Over one hundred people took part in the cycle which was organised to raise money for a hostel for homeless people in Derry and a local food bank.

The event was supported by the leaders of the main churches in Derry.

The event was planned by the North West Methodist Mission and the Churches Trust and supported by the Irish Churches Peace Project which is funded by the European Union.

The cyclists departed from Ebrington Square on Saturday morning, making their way to Magilligan and after a brief ‘pit stop’ for some much needed refreshments.

They then boarded the ferry across to Greencastle.

They made their way back to the city crossing the Peace Bridge before arriving at the finish line in St Columb’s Park.

Liam Milligan, director of the North West Methodist Mission, said they were delighted with the turnout.

“To have 140 people arrive on Saturday morning was just unbelievable and far exceeded our expectations.

“We would like to thank everyone for their participation and the numerous people who helped make the event happen.”

Fiona Fagan, of the Churches Trust, said: “In recent times demand on the Churches food bank has increased dramatically.

“Again we are very grateful to and thank those who took part.

“You will be helping people in your own community who are experiencing difficult times in their lives and who are working with the help of our charities to get things back on track.”

John Kelly, of the Irish Churches Peace Project, said they were pleased to help out with last weekend’s cycle.

“It had people of every denomination working together towards its success in a positive example of the Churches working together in partnership for the common good,” he said.

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