Make a dif­fer­ence to thou­sands

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Fern has taken part in the an­nual event three times pre­vi­ously and is look­ing for­ward to stretch­ing her legs in the 35 mile route through the Chilterns on Sun­day, March 20.

She said: “I love to cy­cle and late March is such a lovely time to en­joy the coun­try­side with signs of spring around ev­ery cor­ner. I re­mem­ber the route as chal­leng­ing but re­ward­ing, not least be­cause your ef­forts are help­ing to fund cru­cial nurs­ing care in pa­tients’ homes. Ren­nie Grove is a cause close to my heart be­cause it’s a lo­cal ser­vice and I’ve met some of the nurses. I have so much re­spect for the work they do to con­trol pa­tients’ symp­toms and make them more com­fort­able.

“Their sup­port gives fam­ily mem­bers the chance to en­joy their time to­gether and not just be car­ers, as well as giv­ing pa­tients the choice to spend their fi­nal days at home.”

Ren­nie Grove hopes about 500 peo­ple will fol­low Fern’s lead and sign up for the Chilterns Cy­cle Chal­lenge in 2016.

Last year, 500 cy­clists raised more than £30,000 – enough to fund a Hospice at Home nurse for a year. Fern added: “Think how amaz­ing it would be to achieve that to­gether: not only can you and your fam­ily, friends or col­leagues ac­com­plish a huge per­sonal achieve­ment by com­plet­ing your route of choice, but you can also say that you were part of some­thing that made a dif­fer­ence to thou­sands of lo­cal fam­i­lies af­fected by can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­ness.”

The Chilterns Cy­cle Chal­lenge of­fers three routes, each start­ing and fin­ish­ing in Ayles­bury town cen­tre and de­vised by the char­ity with ex­ten­sive in­put from cy­cle spe­cial­ists Cy­cle Bucks. The routes com­prise: a 10k fam­ily op­tion us­ing the Gem­stone cy­cle paths around Ayles­bury; a 35 mile route that takes cy­clists out to Kim­ble, Long­wick and as far as Bled­low Ridge, then back through the Ham­p­dens and But­lers Cross.

75-mil­ers fol­low this same route, be­fore split­ting off to visit vil­lages in­clud­ing Sto­kenchurch, Ib­stone and Fingest, as far east as La­timer be­fore re­turn­ing back to Ayles­bury through Berkham­sted and Wen­dover.

En­try fees for the Chilterns Cy­cle Chal­lenge vary ac­cord­ing to the route and how much spon­sor­ship you pledge to raise.

Costs cover a medal on com­ple­tion, wa­ter along the route, feed sta­tions for those com­plet­ing the 35 and 75 miles, a fully signed and mar­shalled route, me­chan­i­cal sup­port on the day and fundrais­ing sup­port from the char­ity’s events team.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit­niegrove. org/chiltern­scy­cle or call 01442 820 740.

Fern Brit­ton will be join­ing hun­dreds of other cy­clists in this year’s Ren­nie Grove Cy­cle Chal­lenge

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