Local Hospice Would Like You to Join Them for a Bike Ride to Bruges

A local hospice is looking for those with pedal-power to join them this September for their bespoke bike ride.

Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice are cycling from Little Havens in Thundersley to Bruges in autumn and are looking for the final cyclists to join Team Havens for this fun and exciting challenge.

Cyclists taking part will spend three days journeying the 207 miles through the beautiful Essex countryside, then via Harwich, to Holland and down to the delightful medieval Flemish city known as the Venice of the North, known for its chocolate, culture and architecture.

All money raised will help the charity continue to care for adults, babies, children and young people from across Essex with life-limiting illnesses and their families, by controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for them at the end of their lives.

Liz Anderton is amongst the riders who have already signed up to the event which starts on the 26th September and is no stranger to a challenge. She’s run the London Marathon five times in support of the charity and has also done the London to Paris and London to Amsterdam bike rides, too.

“I do lots of events because I love a challenge,” said Liz, “and I fundraise for Havens Hospices because in 2006 my son had a friend who was looked after at Little Havens and had end of life care there. Since then, I have always raised money for them.

“The Amsterdam cycle ride was great – it was a small group and we had lots of fun together,” she continued, “and the Bruges ride will be the same. I’ve planned the route from Southend to Harwich so I’m looking forward to see what that’s like”

This bike ride challenge has been organised fully by the charity’s Events Team and they are being joined by a support crew made up of volunteers including James Youngs who will be using his experience of fixing bicycles through his company YoungAgain Cycles as the Mobile Mechanic. “I’ll be making sure they are all running smoothly and loading the bikes on and off the vans at the end” he said. “I’m always happy to help charities where I can – once I got to know the support team and more about the hospice it really touched my heart and if just one trip like this can make a difference to one person’s life it will all worth it.”

Emma Hamilton, Challenges Fundraiser at Havens Hospices has organised the challenge and is also taking part with Team Havens. “I cannot wait for the bike ride. The route is suitable for riders new to road-racing as well as the more experienced cyclist. We are incredibly grateful to our wonderful team of volunteers who are all giving up their time to help us support Team Havens along the route.

“By giving up their time, they are helping us keep the costs down for the challenge which means more of the money raised by our cyclists will be going directly back into our hospice services. We don’t charge a penny for the specialist care we provide, but we can only do that because of our volunteers and our supporters like Liz and the rest of the team who take part in these challenges and help raise money for us. Both our volunteers and our cyclists are true Havens Heroes and it would be fantastic to be joined by a few more.”

For more information on joining the team please click here [https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/events], email Emma [ehamilton@havenshospices.org.uk] or call 01702 220308. Alternatively join Team Havens at Little Havens Hospice for a participant meeting on Wednesday 26th June at 6pm.

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