Cyclists raise £170k for hospices in Ride for Precious Lives
- Credit: CHSW
One hundred cyclists completed a 205-mile ride to raise more than £170,000 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) earlier this month.
The annual Ride for Precious Lives saw cyclists ride through three counties in three days, raising a record total for the event, which was able to return for its 12th year after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
In celebration of CHSW’s 30th anniversary this year, the route was reversed, with cyclists leaving the charity’s Charlton Farm children’s hospice near Bristol on July 9, riding past the Little Bridge House hospice in Barnstaple on Saturday, July 10, and finishing at the Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell on Sunday, July 11.
Riders who took part included family members of children who are supported by CHSW’s three hospices; bereaved parents; long term supporters of the charity; and supporters from local businesses.
It was the first mass-participation fundraising event that CHSW has been able to hold since the start of the pandemic and an 'incredible' amount of planning work took place to ensure the event, sponsored by Edwards Vacuum and The Exeter, could go ahead safely.
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Kiley Pearce, events fundraiser for CHSW, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic but quite overwhelming weekend in a lot of ways, especially with it being our first mass-participation event in almost 18 months. Riders were pushed to their limits physically and mentally but each and every one of them gave it their all and finished with smiles on their faces.
“After such a challenging fundraising climate, to know that £170,000 has been raised to help our families get the vital care and support they need really is fantastic especially in our 30th anniversary year. I would like to thank absolutely everyone involved in making this event happen.”
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CHSW’s three hospices, including Little Bridge House in Fremington, have remained open throughout the pandemic providing local children and families with vital care and support throughout some very uncertain times.
With the hospices’ running costs totalling more than £11 million a year, CHSW relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to ensure this care can continue being offered.
Registration is open now for Ride for Precious Lives 2022; to book a place or for more information, visit www.chsw.org.uk/ride