Sign up to virtual charity cycle ride in aid of local hospice care

Local hospice charity Havens Hospices is calling on supporters to saddle up for the first ever virtual Prudential RideLondon.

My Prudential RideLondon, this year’s virtual edition of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, will take place on 15th and 16th August to celebrate the sport and raise funds to help save the UK’s charities like Havens Hospices.

Havens Hospices has been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic as fundraising events such as Prudential RideLondon have been either postponed or cancelled.

The virtual event offers the charity’s supporters, of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to take part in a fantastic challenge and raise crucial funds so they can continue to provide free palliative and supportive care to adults and children across Essex.

This free event can be done anywhere and offers people the chance to tackle a range of distances based on the events included in the traditional Prudential RideLondon weekend.

One Havens Hospices supporter taking part in the My Prudential RideLondon this August is Alastair Kendrick from Rayleigh. Alastair supports the charity every year by participating in Prudential RideLondon, cycling 100 miles from London to Surrey.

He said, “I’m glad that Prudential RideLondon is continuing virtually this year so I can continue raising money for Havens Hospices, a terrific local charity in much need of funds. I love taking part in the usual event as it’s a great distance to ride, with the added benefit of being on closed roads with some challenging hills. For this year’s event I hope to complete 100 miles, cycling closer to home through South Essex and I can’t wait to raise as much money as possible so Havens Hospices can continue to provide their specialist hospice care.”

Emma Hamilton, Challenges Fundraisers at Havens Hospices says, “We are absolutely thrilled that Prudential RideLondon is going ahead virtually this month so we can continue to raise money for our essential hospice care during these difficult times where our income has taken a big hit due to the pandemic. The virtual event is completely free and offers a fundraising challenge for everyone, whether that’s an amateur rider doing 100 miles or a family enjoying a 1km bike ride spending quality time together during the summer holidays – it can be done wherever you are and at any time on 15th or 16th August.

“Our free hospice care can only exist because of the support and generosity of the community taking part in events and challenges like My Prudential Ride London so grab your wheels, have fun and cycle for local hospice care.”

My Prudential RideLondon includes four challenges for all ages and abilities that participants can do on a route of their choice, anywhere they like on either 15th or 16th August: a 100-mile ride, 46-mile ride, 19-mile ride or the My Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle which allows you to set your own challenge – starting from 1km – on the wheels of your choice including bikes, push scooters, skateboards, trikes, balance bikes, roller skates, wheelchairs.

Participants who wish to ride for Havens Hospices need to register in advance by visiting . The Prudential RideLondon site will also provide a link to Virgin Money Giving where they can set up their fundraising page. Once signed up, participants will be able to download the new My Prudential RideLondon app in event week.

In addition, every rider aged over 18 who registers will have the option of being entered into a fantastic competition that has 25 top-quality prizes available including a brand new Brompton Bicycle valued at more than £1,000, a HIGH5 nutrition bundle worth £250 and top-of-the-range cycling equipment including a SRAM groupset and Zipp wheels.

Participants are asked to follow current Government guidelines on cycling. For more information, click here.

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Alastair Kendrick Taking Part In 2017 Prudential RideLondon