Pretty – with ‘hor­ri­ble’ hills

Cy­clists tackle chal­leng­ing route to raise cash for hospice

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

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. michael­so­bell­hos­

will pur­chase any prop­erty or prob­lem in­clud­ing: Houses and flats, blocks, short leases, pro­bates, land, ground rents and prop­erty in need of re­fur­bish­ment or re­de­vel­op­ment.

n ON YOUR BIKE: Cy­clists pushed through the Chilterns to raise more than £2,400 for the Michael So­bell Hospice

Photo by Phil Stone

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