Barnstaple welcomed 85 cyclists on Saturday morning as part of Children’s Hospice South West’s 10th Anniversary Ride for Precious Lives.

The cyclists outside Little Bridge House Children's Hospice South West in Fremington. Picture: CHSWThe cyclists outside Little Bridge House Children's Hospice South West in Fremington. Picture: CHSW

The cyclists started the 205 mile journey at Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell on Friday, visited Little Bridge House at Fremington on Saturday morning and finished the ride at Charlton Farm children’s hospice near Bristol on Sunday.

The event has received generous sponsorship from the main event sponsor Edwards Vacuum along with Hubbox.

This is the 10th year of the event which has raised more than £700,000 for the charity since the first ride in 2009. It attracts cyclists of all abilities, some returning year on year and others joining for the first time.

The team behind the event are also delighted is has been certified Plastic Free by Plastic Free North Devon.

Some of the Ride for Precious Lives cyclists. Picture: CHSWSome of the Ride for Precious Lives cyclists. Picture: CHSW

Welcoming the riders to Little Bridge House as their first stop on their second day of cycling, events fundraiser Jayne Jarrett explained how Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill started fundraising to build Little Bridge House after their own experience of travelling all the way to Oxford to receive respite care for their two children with life limiting illnesses.

She added: “They were inspired to bring a children’s hospice to the region and all the fundraising for the charity started from their laundry room in their house in North Devon.

“Now this is one of three children’s hospices in the south west providing care to over 500 families.”

CHSW is currently offering care to more than 170 children and their families at Little Bridge House.

It aims to make the most of short and precious lives through providing short breaks, respite, emergency stays as well as end of life care and bereavement support all in a home from home environment. CHSW gives families the chance to recharge their batteries and make precious memories together.