Local Rabbi set to cycle 350 miles to raise vital funds for local hospice charity

A local Rabbi is celebrating his 70th birthday by cycling from Southend to St David’s in Wales in support of local hospice care.

Rabbi Geoffrey Hyman, from the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation, will set off from Southend on Monday 12th June and cycle a staggering 350 miles across five days to St David’s. Local dignitaries, faith leaders and supporters will be in attendance on the day to see him off on his cycling adventure.

A keen cyclist, over the years he has taken on many cycling challenges for various charities including Land’s End to John O’Groats in his 40th and 60th years, the Ravenswood cycle rides in Israel and London to Paris.

Havens Hospices, which provides specialist care and support for people of all ages who are living with incurable conditions and their families, is one of three charities Rabbi Hyman is fundraising for. He is also supporting COSJCS, a charity set up as a hardship fund for local Jewish families and Magen David Adom UK, a charity based in Israel supporting global disasters with emergency medical assistance, alongside The Red Cross.

Rabbi Hyman says: “For over 35 years I have raised funds for charities from various long-distance cycle rides. Havens Hospices is an exceptional local charity which I am proud to support. I have attended the hospice on many occasions for meetings where I hear first-hand the great work they do in helping to support the local community. I have also had the honour of being a part of the charity’s Light up a Life event over the festive period to remember loved ones. I hope the community can get behind me and support me in my quest to raise vital funds for my chosen charities, every donation will make such a huge difference.”

To support Rabbi Hyman with a donation to Havens Hospices, visit https://www.justgiving.com/page/geoffrey-hyman

Published 5th June 2023

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Rabbi Hyman outside Fair Havens Hospices with hid bicycle and a fundraising collection bucket