Cycling team take on Paris trip for hospice
Event organiser’s wife had spent last weeks at St Francis
A GROUP of friends took on a cycling challenge in aid of a hospice which cared for the organiser’s late wife.
Guy McGinn, 48, from Windmill Wood, Chesham Bois, got a team of eight people together to cycle about 200 miles from London to Paris in 24 hours, in aid of the Hospice of St Francis, in Berkhamsted.
The team set off on 3pm Friday, July 4 and arrived in Paris at the same time on Saturday, July 5.
Mr McGinn was joined by seven other people, including some others from Bucks, such as Jonathan Hughes, from Amersham, Duncan Bell, from Little Chalfont, Mark Stott, from Amersham, and Malcolm Badwick, from Chesham Bois.
was assisted by two support drivers, has raised about £4,000 for the hospice.
Mr McGinn said: “It was tough, but by doing it as a group we could pull each other along.
“We stayed as a group all the way through helping each other. I’m really pleased with the amount we’ve raised.”
The group rode in memory of Mr McGinn’s wife Susan – mother to their two children Sophie, 17 and William, 14 – who died from cancer in 2012 aged 47.
Mrs McGinn spent the last two weeks of her life at the hospice.
Mr McGinn said: “The support they gave me and my wife was just amazing. In the final days of your life, you could not ask to be in a nicer place. The staff were amazing and it made a horrible experience as nice as it could be.”
Last year Mr McGinn and his two pals Nick Fish, 54, from Linfields, Little Chalfont, and Stuart Ambrose, 40, from Little Chalfont took on a similar challenge, cycling 300 miles over four days from London to Paris in a hospice challenge.
Mr McGinn is hoping to organise a challenging charity cycle ride in aid of the hospice annually.
To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/guymcginn.
WE’RE HERE: The team of cyclists pictured at the Eiffel Tower