Pendle Girls & Mum Ride the Lights for CAFOD

On Tuesday this week Pendle girls Madeleine Callaghan-Aunger (7) and Millie Stubbs (7), and Madeleine’s mum, Fiona Callaghan, all rode the Lights at Blackpool to raise money for CAFOD.

CAFOD Lancaster had organised a team of sponsored riders to take part in the “Ride the Lights” event in Blackpool to raise much needed funds for CAFOD’s work. Fiona, Madeleine and Millie travelled over from the Pendle area in the Diocese of Salford to take part in the Illuminations cycling spectacular on a beautifully,  sunny  Tuesday afternoon. Blackpool Council in partnership with Skyride, closed the promenade to vehicular traffic from Starr Gate in the South right up to Bispham in the North. The road was then free for cyclists to enjoy the sights, sounds and illuminations of Blackpool from 7pm until 10pm. Participants were encouraged to decorate their bikes with lights, flags, balloons or however they felt inspired and some riders turned out in fancy dress. 

Millie & Madeleine ready to tackle the Blackpool Lights

Madeleine and Millie both 7, had some flashing accessories on their bikes, Madeleine had a flashing Noddy globe and Millie a flashing butterfly, as well as CAFOD flags and balloons; while Fiona went for the minimalistic look.  

Fiona ready for the off

Fiona and the girls had a great time cycling the lights and Fiona commented: “The girls (and Mum!) love the Illuminations in Blackpool and to be able to cycle the full length of the promenade under the twinkling lights while raising funds for CAFOD, it’s a win-win situation. CAFOD supports some fantastic development programs around the world and provides emergency aid where needed; so we’re delighted to raise money for this work whilst enjoying the Blackpool Lights.”  

The girls and Fiona are now busy collecting their sponsorship money from friends and family and hope to raise more funds for CAFOD at future events. Well done Madeleine, Millie and Fiona keep up the good work!  

If you feel inspired to raise money for CAFOD, be it by cycling, running, swimming, walking or by whatever manner you enjoy, check out the CAFOD website for ideas and support:  or

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