Cyclists encourage fundraisers to sign up for hospice's Ride For Precious Lives
PUBLISHED: 06:55 18 January 2019
Two fundraisers from Portishead are encouraging people to sign up for a 205-mile cycle in aid of Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).
Paul Marshall took part in the charity’s Ride For Precious Lives event which sees cyclists ride from St Austell to Wraxall – calling in at the charity’s three hospices in Cornwall, North Devon and North Somerset.
Paul said completing the race was ‘incredible’ and is urging others to take up the challenge to raise vital cash for children with life-limiting conditions.
He said: “Day one was challenging when we hit about 60 miles.
“There was hill after hill and no time to gain any momentum to get up the hills – it was really tough.
“Day two, which I thought I would really struggle with, was actually good. The team set a good pace and we enjoyed it.
“The camaraderie was fantastic and we were motivated by hearing stories from families who have used CHSW.
“We were greeted with rapturous applause and cheering as we cycled towards the finish on day three. It was an incredible feeling.”
The charity is inviting people to sign up and cyclists of all abilities are welcome to take part.
Fundraisers are also given a tour around the hospices to find out what support they offer to children and their families.
Adam Forrest from Portishead said: “Ride for Precious Lives is a fantastic event.
“It is a tough three days on a bike but the camaraderie of all the riders, the opportunity to visit each hospice to see first-hand the great work CHSW does and where the sponsorship money goes, makes it all worth it.”
The event is running from July 12-14 and cyclists will ride between 65 and 80 miles a day.
CHSW events fundraiser Jayne Jarrett said: “By registering to take part and pledging to raise £1,000 in sponsorship, you will not only be part of a very special weekend, but you’ll be directly supporting the work we do to help families make the most of short and precious lives across the South West.
Entry is £230, which includes food and hotel accommodation, printed ride jerseys and access to first aid and mechanical assistance.
Sign up for the event at www.chsw.org.uk/ride