Cas­tle chal­lenge

Cornwall Life - - THIS MONTH -

Corn­wall Hospice Care has launched its next big ad­ven­ture to help fund their vi­tal work with terminally ill peo­ple and their car­ers. The five-day 280-mile Camel to Cas­tle Cy­cling Chal­lenge will take a group of 50 in­trepid cy­clists from the mouth of the River Camel to France, travers­ing Corn­wall from West to East.

This chal­lenge fol­lows on from the suc­cess of the char­ity’s Mount to

Mont Cy­cle last au­tumn, which saw 39 cy­clists travel from St Michael’s Mount, Marazion on a jour­ney to Mont St Michel in Nor­mandy. The record break­ing team raised £111,469.

The route ex­plores the beauty of Corn­wall be­fore an overnight ferry cross­ing to France where the chal­lenge fea­tures much of the fa­mous La Vélodyssée, the At­lantic cy­cling route. The grand fi­nale comes in the heart of Nantes, the largest city in North West France, where the cy­clists will fin­ish in the walled court­yard of the stun­ning Château des ducs de Bre­tagne (the Cas­tle of the Dukes of Brit­tany).

‘Never be­fore has an event or chal­lenge raised such a phe­nom­e­nal sum for Corn­wall Hospice Care,’ says Oli Hoare, Corn­wall Hospice. ‘The team funded the equiv­a­lent of 3,422 hours of nurs­ing care.’

Just 20 per cent of their care costs funded through the NHS. ‘We hope peo­ple will join us to help raise the funds we need and for what we are sure will be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.’

The event is lim­ited to 50 cy­clists and places can be se­cured for £149. Each par­tic­i­pants should raise a min­i­mum of £1,960.

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