The group of men, named the Broomfield Boneshakers Cycling Team, work within the transport division of Broomfield Hospital. They originally took up cycling to improve their fitness but, as an incentive for them all to participate, decided to raise money for a good cause.
The fundraisers were originally due to complete Cycle the Countryside but, unfortunately, the event couldn’t go ahead. This didn’t stop the team – who were all mostly new to cycling – complete an impressive 54km bike ride around the Essex countryside last week.
The final total amount raised included the riders original donation for the event and gift aid.
Chris Read, their very own ‘Chris Froome’ organised several training routes throughout the county to prepare the team for the big day.
One of the riders, Cliff Evans said, “We chose to ride for Havens Hospices due to the outstanding work they do to help both children and adults in need of specific care.
“Our journey to complete this task has been so enjoyable and made a closer team bond.”
Following the ride, the team, Chris Read, Steve Gooch, Mark Stock, Carl Frewin, Cliff Evans, Graham Williamson, Terry Pritchard and Mark Lamb, have vowed to carry on cycling.
Havens Hospices includes Fair Havens in Southend, and Little Havens, the children’s hospice for Essex. The care provided by the charity is completely free of charge, thanks to the generosity of individuals and groups like the Broomfield Boneshakers, raising money and making donations.
To find out more on how you can support Havens Hospices, visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/support-us/
Published 5th May 2022