Cy­cling team take on Paris trip for hospice

Event or­gan­iser’s wife had spent last weeks at St Fran­cis

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

The team,

which

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

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