Hundreds cycle for St Helena Hospice

Around 400 cyclists took part in St Helena Hospice’s annual hospice Cycle Ride event on Sunday 2nd October.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities enjoyed crisp autumn weather as they cycled their choice of route through beautiful Essex and Suffolk countryside, all starting and finishing at Monks Farm in Dedham.

Many cycled in memory of a loved one, while others took part for fun, as a challenge or to train for their 2017 London to Paris bike ride for the hospice.

Wendy Marcon, Events and Challenges Manager, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the event – you were all fantastic! By taking part you have really made a difference to local people in need of hospice services.

“We are hoping the event will raise £40,000 in sponsorship. Anyone who took part and returns more than £100 in sponsorship to us by 12th December will be entered into a prize draw to win a Weleda Dutch bike.

“A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers for giving up their time to help make the event a success; we couldn’t have done it without them, particularly our volunteer marshals – they are a vital part of the event to ensure safety on the routes and to direct cyclists.

The hospice largely relies on fundraisers like those who took part in this event, in order to meet the £8.7 million it needs each year to run its services for free.

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