Cycle Challenge raises over £3,500 for local Hospices

On Saturday 18th July, 15 Moore and Smalley employees & partners were among a group of 25 who cycled up to 125 miles, on a ride spanning Lancashire & Cumbria. The 125 mile route involved an impressive 3000ft of ascent.

The cycle ride titled The Hospice Cycle Challenge, earned its name as not only were six local hospices chosen to receive the donations, but the route went past each hospice. The challenge commenced at St Mary’s in Ulverston at 7.30am and travelled down to St John’s in Lancaster, Trinity Hospice in Blackpool, St Catherine’s in Preston, Bolton Hospice, East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn, before finishing back at the Contintental bar in Preston on Saturday evening for a well-earned refreshment.

The cycle ride was one of the longest 1 day sponsored cycle rides in the UK this year, and due to the sheer distance and nature of the cycle ride there were only a small group of 6 individuals who completed the entire route. Other cyclists took part in individual legs of the ride between the hospices, with a group of 15 cycling the 34 miles between Trinity Hospice to St Catherine’s. In total all the cyclists who took part in the ride built up an impressive 1,500 miles.

Five members of the Friendly Cyclists Social Cycling Group donated their time free of charge to plan the route and lead the ride between Trinity and St Catherine’s. They are trained Ride Leaders from Sky Ride and British Cycling, and their involvement helped to open up the event to less experienced cyclists. Their bike maintenance skills also proved a blessing on the day when a cyclist developed a puncture during the journey.

An impressive £3,500 has been raised thus far, and the Just Giving page is still open for any post-event contributions. Please visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/HospiceCycleChallenge and donate to as many of the hospices as you can.

The six hospices were selected as they demonstrate continuous support to local people, and their work would not be possible without donations from fundraising events throughout the year.
In total, these hospices need to raise over £20 million every year to enable them to continue to provide the support to thousands of patients & their families across the North West at a time when they need this most.

The work of all of the hospices focuses on caring for, and the palliation of the chronically, terminally and seriously ill and all donations help raise funds for new specialist equipment, expansion, and general up keeping of their hospices.

The organiser of the event, Moore and Smalley’s Corporate Finance Senior Manager Ian Waddingham, reflected on the success of the event and said, “It was a great opportunity for Moore & Smalley’s staff, clients & friends to show their support for these 6 hospices. Through their work across the North West, these hospices are such a key part of the communities in which we all live and work. This is the first such event we have organised and we couldn’t have asked for a better response from those who took part, and those who have kindly sponsored us. ”