A father and his 13 year old daughter are taking on a cycling challenge to raise funds for a local hospice.
Andrew and Abigail Daniels, from Worcester, will saddle up on Sunday 1 July as part of St Richard’s Hospice annual Bikeathon event.
The duo are aiming to raise £1000. Contributions can be donated at www.justgiving.com/abi-daniels45miler.
Andrew is a keen cyclist and has undertaken a number of charity challenges over the years for the hospice, including taking part in the 2006 London Marathon.
However, at just aged 13, this will be Abigail’s first long distance cycling challenge; participants can choose from 16, 45 or 64 miles.
Andrew said : “This is a great challenge for both myself and Abigail and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Her training is going really well and has included a 34 mile, 2 and a half hour trip to Ross-on-Wye. She’ll be doing 45 miles before we know it!”
Each of the routes starts and finishes at the hospice in Wildwood Drive, while the two longer rides will be timed.
The courses will all be clearly signposted and will pass through mainly quiet country lanes, or specific bike routes, with regular refreshment stops along the way.
Kelly Johns, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We are thrilled that Andrew and Abigail will be taking part in our Bikeathon event in July. And we are all a little bit humbled by the fact that Abigail is just 13 years old. Such commitment and focus is to be applauded and we would like to say a very big thank you to them both and wish them all the best on the day.”
The 16-mile route passes through villages including Kempsey and Pirton; the 45-mile route takes in Eckington and Pershore and the 64-mile route travels as far as Broadway and Snowshill.
The Bikeathon is sponsored by Midland Communications.
Andrew concluded : “St Richard’s really is an essential resource, and, as such, it needs all the support it can get.
“We want to do our bit. As a local family, we all know someone who has benefited from the care offered by St. Richard’s Hospice and that’s why we want to get involved.”
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative and end of life care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,000 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They care for people with a range of illnesses including heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer.
St Richard’s has launched the Build 2020 Appeal which aims to raise the final £1.4m needed to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.
The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.
For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit www.strichards.org.uk