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Bike ride to Scotland in memory of sister

27th January 2020

A determined cyclist is gearing up for a mammoth bike ride from Worcester to Scotland in memory of her “amazing sister” who died last year.

Lidia Sudacka will tackle the seven-day, 350-mile challenge this summer – starting from her home in Worcester and finishing at Edinburgh Castle.

The 32-year-old is raising funds for St Richard’s Hospice which cared for her sister Maggie before she died of breast cancer in September 2019.

Lidia Sudacka (pictured right) with her sister, Maggie

“We received amazing care and support from St Richard’s and Maggie spent her final days in the comfort of the hospice,” explained Miss Sudacka.

“The care she received until the very end was truly remarkable. Maggie was an amazing sister, loving wife and brought joy to many.”

Maggie was cared for by both the hospice’s Community Nursing and In-patient Unit Teams.

Miss Sudacka said: “I’m excited about the challenge – it’s something I am focusing on after Maggie’s death.

“I don’t go to the gym or confess to be super fit but I do love cycling. I am a little nervous as not sure how my legs will feel – but I will push the bike if I have to!”

The challenge begins on Monday, June 29 – with Miss Sudacka hoping to cycle around 50 miles a day before finishing at the iconic castle on Sunday, July 5.

She is already well on the way to reaching her fundraising target of £1,000 – with the current total standing at more than £800.

Alison Parkes, hospice fundraiser, said: “We are so inspired by Lidia and her determination in taking on this incredibly tough challenge.

“All of us here at St Richard’s wish her the very best – both in training for and taking on this cycle ride.

“Lidia has already raised a fantastic amount for our care and we are so grateful to all those who have donated.

“Without the support of people like Lidia raising money, we couldn’t continue to provide our free care to patients and loved ones when they need us most.”

To support Miss Sudacka and donate, visit www.justgiving.com/lidia-sudacka1

To take on a challenge for St Richard’s, visit strichards.org.uk/events, call the Fundraising Team on 01905 958262 or email fundraising@strichards.org.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.