Published on: Thursday 21 May 2015 at 09:45
The event on Sunday, June 14 is the first time the organisers of the popular Essex County Bike Ride have chosen to support a local charity and it is expected to raise thousands of pounds for the Hospice.
The sponsored ride starts and finishes at the Olympic legacy Redbridge Cycling Centre in Hainault and part of the route through the rolling countryside passes through the St Clare catchment area.
Among those jumping in the saddle will be St Clare’s communications and marketing manager Karen Griffiths, who signed up in memory of her late father and a close friend, both of whom received hospice care.
The mum-of-three said: “Why am I doing it? Firstly because I love the outdoors and secondly because I’m passionate about the difference hospice care can make to those whose lives are turned upside down by a life-limiting or terminal diagnosis.
“My dad received hospice care towards the end of his life. It was amazing and such a blessing for the whole family, as well as my dad. Also, a dear friend, Miranda, who was my age, recently came to the end of a two-year journey with cancer. I’m cycling in memory of both of them.”
The money raised will help St Clare continue to provide its skilled and compassionate care to local people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families, both at the Hospice and in people’s own homes.
Karen, who joined the Hospice in April last year, added: “I can honestly say it is the most life-enriching environment I’ve ever had the privilege of being part of as I witness people’s lives being transformed, and their confidence to cope restored, because of the way they are cared for and supported.
“But with limited NHS funding, St Clare has to raise a huge amount of money each year to keep that care going. So, I want to do my bit.”
The bike ride is suitable for both recreational and club cyclists and offers a choice of either a 33-, 60- or 100-mile route.
You can find more information here.