Cyclist to spend three days in saddle for hospice

3rd June 2016

An intrepid hospice supporter is in training for an epic three-day cycle ride in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

Rob Clarke, a police officer from Halesowen, will be taking part in the annual Wolverhampton to Aberdovey charity bike ride in memory of his cousin, David Clarke, who was cared for by St Richard’s before his death last November.

David Clarke, a self-employed plumber from Malvern, was well known locally for always going the extra mile for people, with many of his customers becoming lifelong friends.

Alongside hundreds of other cyclists, Rob will set off on his 350 mile challenge on Wednesday 22nd June, cycling from Swansea and through the Brecon Beacons before joining up with the main one-day 105 mile ride from Wolverhampton. The group will then complete their challenge at Aberdovey on the Welsh coast.

This year, the annual event will support 14 charities, including St Richard’s Hospice as a result of Mr Clarke’s nomination.

Mr Clarke said; “I nominated St Richard’s to be considered for one of the charities supported by the ride as a way of saying thank you for the care and support they provided to my cousin, David Clarke, during the final few weeks of his life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. I know from family and friends that he was extremely grateful for the care and compassion that he received from all the staff.

“This will be my eighth year taking part in the Wolverhampton to Aberdovey ride and my second time completing the three-day event. In previous years I have supported other charities but after witnessing the care that David received at St. Richard’s I wanted to support the important work that hospices provide for people with terminal illnesses.”

To donate to Rob’s fund please visit


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