Father and son cycle nearly 300 miles from Shoebury to Devon in aid of local children’s Hospice

A father and son from Shoebury cycled almost 300 miles across the country to raise money for their local children’s hospice Little Havens.

Phil Butt, 50 and his son Tom, 22 set off from their home in Shoeburyness on Saturday 15th August making stops in Sevenoaks, Liphook, Salisbury, Yeovil and Tiverton before reaching the finish line at Fingles Bridge in Dartmoor, Devon on Thursday 20th August – raising over £1,500 for the charity.

After completing a long cycling tour of Europe a couple of years ago, Tom asked his dad to join him on another cycle challenge where they both decided they would cycle all the way to Dartmoor.

Phil said, “We decided Dartmoor as it was a place I visited many times as a child and loved the area, it also fitted in well with the time we had available. The inspiration behind for raising money for Little Havens is a friend’s son, Jack. He has two very rare and serious illnesses and both he and his parents receive care and support at from Little Havens. With what they have to deal with on a daily basis makes us feel so humble so anything we can do to support them and the care they receive was the least we could do. Once we both crossed the finish line we were exhausted and relieved but most importantly proud of what we had achieved for the charity.”

Jane Hopkins, Voluntary Area Team Leader at Havens Hospices said, “We cannot thank Phil and Tom enough for raising over £1,500 for Little Havens which will help us continue to provide specialist palliative and supportive care to children like Jack. Our hospice care can only exist because of the support and generosity from the community, supporters like Phil and Tom who help us continue ‘Making every day count’ for everyone we care for.”

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Published 26th August 2020

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Phil & Tom At The End Of Their Cycling Fundraiser In Devon