Pretty – with ‘horrible’ hills
Cyclists tackle challenging route to raise cash for hospice
A GROUP of 120 cyclists pedalled 33 miles in aid of Michael Sobell Hospice.
They raised more than £2,400 by cycling through the scenic country lanes of Amersham, Chipperfield, Bovingdon and Hemel Hempstead, starting from and finishing at the hospice, in Northwood on Sunday, May 17.
Tony Taylor, from Pinner, and Mike Harman, from Chorleywood, were among the first back to base, completing the On Your Bike route in two hours.
Mr Harman said: “We are both veterans of this event. We have been taking part since it began back in 2007.
“We love cycling and live locally and like to support a local cause.
“The route was beautiful and quite challenging and we hope to come again next year.”
Police from Ruislip were on hand to help the cyclists along the route and keep them safe on the roads.
Once back at the hospice, the cyclists were given a well-deserved cup of tea and doughnuts.
Rob Clarke, from Northwood, who was taking part in the annual event for the fifth time, said: “The course was quite challenging, with a few horrible hills, but it was a beautiful route on a beautiful day and all for a good local cause.
“This was definitely the best route yet that I have completed.”
The hospice does not charge for the care it provides to those with life-limiting conditions and depends on donations.
It needs to raise more than £1.6 million this year to maintain its standard of care.
Ophelia Chambers-Henry, the hospice’s events and community fundraising manager, said: “The event was well supported and the weather was glorious. So far we have raised over £2,400, with more sponsorship money to come.
“The route appealed to all abilities and we have had great feedback from all the cyclists.
“Thank you to everyone who came along and to all of the volunteers who helped on the day, especially to Mark Grimwade and his team at the Elthorne and Hillingdon Rotary Club for their marshalling assistance.”
For information on the hospice and fundraising events visit www. michaelsobellhospice.co.uk
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n ON YOUR BIKE: Cyclists pushed through the Chilterns to raise more than £2,400 for the Michael Sobell Hospice
Photo by Phil Stone