It was a hot weekend of pedaling for one hundred cyclists who completed a 225-mile ride and have raised more than £160,000 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
The route started out from the charity’s Charlton Farm children’s hospice near Bristol on Friday 8 July, stopped off at Little Bridge House hospice in Barnstaple on Saturday, and finished at Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell on Sunday.
Riders who took part included family members of children supported by CHSW’s three hospices, bereaved parents, long term supporters of the charity, and supporters from local businesses.
Kiley Pearce, Events Fundraiser for CHSW, said:
It has been an amazing atmosphere all weekend with the riders giving it their all despite being pushed to their limits physically, mentally and with the added challenge of the heat to deal with.
This event means an incredible amount to everyone taking part especially those with a personal connections to the charity.
“We are over the moon that the event has raised £160,000, its an incredible total and will help hundreds of children and families across the region who need support from their local children’s hospice. Thank you to absolutely everyone involved in making this event happen.”
CHSW’s three hospices, Little Bridge House in Fremington, Charlton Farm near Bristol and Little Harbour in St Austell provide vital care and support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, meaning that sadly they won’t live into adulthood. The hospice teams provides day visits, overnight stays and end of life care at the hospices as well as home visits, virtual support and bereavement support.
With the hospices’ running costs totaling more than £11 million a year, CHSW relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to ensure this care can continue being offered.
If you have been inspired by this year’s riders, registration is open now for Ride for Precious Lives 2023!