A 24-HOUR static cycling challenge has been organised to raise cash for essential repairs at a recreation centre situated next to Tranmere Rovers.

The facility, described as a community asset, has played a huge part in thousands of people's lives for more than 30 years, with young children all the way to senior citizens using the facility, which is open seven days a week.

But its roof has a serious leak, meaning that whenever there is a downpour, the facility cannot open, forcing cancellation of different community on a regular basis.

The charity cycle challenge takes place at Rovers Solar Campus training ground on Friday, April 12 at 1pm.

It is open to cycling clubs, fitness fanatics, local fundraisers, club supporters and just about anyone else up for the challenge.

Participants will take shifts on a number of static exercise bikes in action at the Campus.

It ends at 1pm the following day, when riders will be celebrated through the final hurdle by club and community staff.

The event has been organised by Tranmere Rovers in the Community (TRIC)'s as part of its Raise the Roof campaign.

Working in conjunction with Tranmere Rovers Trust, the group hopes to raise as much as possible to pay for the work.

Dawn Tolcher, managing director at Tranmere Rovers in the Community, said recently: "The impact the recreational centre has on the community is huge. We need as much help as we possibly can to help rectify the serious problem we have on our hands.

"It is such a shame when we have to cancel activities and see so many people disappointed.

"The support we have received so far has been fantastic, but we are still a long way off our target so please can you help and donate whatever you can to help fix the Recreational Centre roof."

The centre provides opportunities for participants on Tranmere Rovers in the Community’s programmes and is also used by the general public on a daily basis, with 300 players taking part in the evening leagues.

Among its regular users is Richard, who suffers from dementia and attends a weekly social activity in the recreational centre.

He said: "If the centre wasn't here, I wouldn't have anything, it is so important to me."

Darren, a participant on the TRIC's disability football programme, echoed Richard's added: "If anyone can help us get this roof fixed, please do.

"We want to keep coming, we love it and if the centre gets closed down, we have nowhere else to go."

Tranmere Rovers legend and former manager John Aldridge said: "It is a real shame to hear about the roof at the recreational Centre and everyone needs to rally round now and help.

"I know how important the centre is to the local community."

Tranmere Rovers in the Community was established as a one-man team in the late 1980s - initially focusing on the use of football and other ancillary sporting activities as educational tools.

Since then, it has developed a particularly positive reputation across the local area for providing support and activities for those with a variety of physical and mental disabilities.

For more on the 24-hour cycle challenge, contact Dawn Tolcher on 033301444452 or email DawnT@tranmererovers.co.uk