On Saturday’s Crafted Classique Sportive from Ipswich Waterfront and out through the Suffolk countryside I rode part of my 100km route with 12 of the “Hospice Team 100” members who were using the 100 mile route as a training ride for their upcoming London to Paris ride to raise funds for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. I was impressed with what they were doing and asked Richard Ward, one of their riders, to send through some more information, which he has done – and which I reproduce below.
What a great way to spend a day; camaraderie, fantastic scenery, fitness, education – who could ask more than that.
We had 12 of our 50 ‘Hospice Team 100’ members cycling in the Crafted Classique 100 mile event today with a very wide range of age, experience, skills and equipment. Although we did not plan it this way all 12 members were present & together at each of the official stops and even better; despite the distance, the soaring temperatures and several incidents including one flat, one sickness and one health issue even worse; all 12 people made it to the finish in similar times and celebrated together; What a fab team! It was a fantastic social experience for me and a real education in group cycle riding and signals etc.
The Hospice Team 100 are a group of 50 people riding from London to Paris over four days starting 15th September and we are raising at least £100,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. The hospice improves life for people living with a progressive illness and provides essential support for their families too. They provide specialist support wherever it is needed, in the home, in the community or at the Hospices.
My own involvement with the hospice stems from the care and support my daughter Cathy Ward (and we as a family) received when at the age of 23 she was diagnosed at Addenbrookes with cancer of the brain in September 2010. Cathy died in the familiar surroundings of her own home in March 2011 and was able to spend her final weeks at home thanks to the Hospice at Home team. I struggle to put into words just how brilliant the nurses from the hospice were; needless to say they handled every crisis with a professionalism and sensitivity that I would not have imagined possible. It amazes me that such an essential service has to rely on charitable donations but that is the way it is so:
I am participating as a member of the Hospice Team 100 (the hospices first organised cycle event) and raising donations for the hospice.