ROMANTIC RANDONNEE FOR COUPLE 25 YEARS ON

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randonneecoupleindependentartsA couple who met on the Isle of Wight 25 years ago have returned to compete in the Isle of Wight Randonnee, as well as raising funds for local charity, Independent Arts.

Cambridge couple Mark and Caroline Pengelly met when Mark was as civil engineer for Kier, who were building the new St Mary’s Hospital building. Caroline, who grew up in Brighstone, was working at the hospital as a Student Nurse at the time. Their romance blossomed and the couple later married at Brighstone Church in April 1991 – coincidentally the same date that the new look St Mary’s Hospital was re-opened to the public.

Mark and Caroline have maintained strong ties with the Island throughout their relationship and regularly return to visit family and friends. They decided to compete in the round-the-island Isle of Wight Randonnee on Sunday with a group of close friends and quickly decided upon the charity they would like to support in the process.

Caroline said:

“We have known of the work of Independent Arts for many years now, and feel that the work that the charity does is invaluable for older people across the Isle of Wight. When we were talking about undertaking the Randonnee and getting sponsored, Independent Arts was top of our list of charities we would like to support.”

The 100km route takes cyclists around the Isle of Wight through checkpoints in East Cowes, Wootton, Bembridge, Alverstone, Whitwell and Yarmouth.

The couple have currently raised over £2600, with donations still being made.

Chief Executive of Independent Arts, Kate Ball said:

“We are thrilled that Mark and Caroline chose to support our charity. The money that they have raised will allow us to reach vulnerable people in the community through engagement in the arts and creative activity”.

Photographed L-R: Livvi Pearce, Julie Salmon, Barry Brudenel, Sam Salmon, Caroline Pengelly, Mark Pengelly, Joe Pengelly, Louis Pearce, Ali Cousins, Julie Pearce and Graham Pearce

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