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Bike ride raises hospice £61,000
7:30am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of fundraisers jumped on their bikes to raise a staggering £61,000 for Farleigh Hospice.
Almost 800 people turned up for Cycle for Life at the hospice car park, in North Court Road, to take on either the 20km route – through Pleshey, Great Waltham and Mashbury – or the 50km route through the Essex Rodings. Others did the 70km cycle which took in both of those routes.
The sum smashed the £50,000 raised by the hospice last year and will go towards the work Farleigh does in making a difference to local families affected by life limiting illnesses.
Nine-year-old Thomas Mills, whose dad is currently being cared for at Farleigh Hospice, was one of the fundraising success stories.
Cheryl Bunkle, from the hospice, said: “We wanted to smash last year’s amount of £50,000, and with the help of lots of lovely people, it looks as though we have.
“We’re so very grateful to each and every one of our fantastic cyclists who turned up on the day and did their bit.
“Out in the community, inside patients’ homes, in Farleigh’s day hospices, inpatient unit, clinics and day hospices, and within the work of our adult and child bereavement teams, this money will be used to make a real difference to local families, when and where they need it most.
“As always, people took part for varying reasons – some cycling in memory of a loved one who has been or is being cared for by Farleigh Hospice, some to get fit and just enjoy a great day out with friends, work colleagues or family, and some simply to do something to help support the caring work of their local hospice.
“Whatever the reason, we are extremely grateful to all 793 of them.”
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