Sunday 4th August saw thousands of cyclists take to their
bikes for the sixth annual Prudential
RideLondon-Surrey 100, part of the Prudential RideLondon festival of
cycling. The 100-mile route, which starts at the Queen Elizabeth Park in London
and finishes on The Mall, takes on much of the route made famous by the London
2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races, including the two challenging accents of Box
Hill and Leith Hill in Surrey.
Most cyclists fundraise for charities as they take on this
iconic ride and this year nine cyclists took part in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, building awareness
of this vital charity and raising over £4,630 to help fund the supportive and end of life care which it provides
for patients and families in West Surrey and North East Hampshire, who are
living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. Many took part in
memory of a friend or family member whom Phyllis Tuckwell had cared for, such
as Peter Masson who took part in memory of his mum, who worked for Phyllis
Tuckwell for 10 years, and Lisa Hale who took part in memory of her friend who
was cared for by Phyllis Tuckwell.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to the whole team for
their support,” said Samantha West, Community Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell.
“They should all be really proud to have completed this epic ride. The
awareness they raised for Phyllis Tuckwell is hugely important, and their
sponsorship will help us to continue to provide our Hospice Care for local patients
and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness”.
As the NHS/Government
only covers 20% of Phyllis Tuckwell’s costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day
to be able to offer all of its services to its patients and their families. £4,630
could pay for just under five weeks’ care from one of their Clinical Nurse
Specialists, who visit patients and families in their own homes, assessing patients’
needs, providing physical and psychological care, assisting with advance care
planning, offering advice on managing complex symptoms, and providing access to
information and therapies tailored to each individual’s needs.
If you would
like to find out more about fundraising for Phyllis Tuckwell, please visit www.pth.org.uk/fundraising.