Cyclists raise over £5K for hospice charity over Bank Holiday Weekend

Havens Hospices is thanking locals who used their pedal power over the Bank Holiday weekend to raise vital funds for its free palliative care after its annual bike ride was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The charity’s Pedal event this year asked participants to cycle anywhere they wished, setting their own distance target across the weekend of Friday 30th April – Monday 3rd May.

Participants collectively cycled a total of 1256 miles and have raised an incredible £5,165 for the charity so far, which provides palliative nursing and supportive care to adults, young people and children living with complex or incurable conditions across Essex.

Angela Burns from Benfleet took part in Pedal with her nine-year-old son Joseph in memory of her sister Julia who was cared for by Fair Havens in 2019. She said: “My sister was looked after in Fair Havens by an incredible team of care staff – they went above and beyond – the nurses, chefs, cleaners – everyone! I can’t begin tell you how much they treated her like family and not just a patient in her last days.”

Lucy Burgess, Event Fundraiser at Havens Hospices says: “Although we were of course disappointed that our usual Pedal for The J’s event couldn’t go ahead this year in Chelmsford, we are so thankful to everyone who took part in our virtual version of the event to support our hospice care after all our public fundraising events were cancelled over the past year.

“Havens Hospices has continued to provide specialist palliative nursing and supportive care to everyone who has needed us during the pandemic and that’s all thanks to the support and generosity of our communities.

“It was great to see our supporters come together across Essex in this way to support local hospice care and we hope we can bring Pedal back next year in its usual format to continue to raise more vital funds.”

Looking for a cycling challenge? Join ‘Team Havens’ and take part in the charity’s London to Paris Cycle, one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. For more information visit

Published on 6th April 2021

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Participants Angela and her son Joseph taking part in Pedal over the Bank Holiday Weekend