Endurance cycle ride supports hospice care

6th August 2015

Two intrepid friends from Worcester are about to embark on a gruelling bike ride from Worcester to Paris in aid of St Richard’s hospice.

Phil Kelly, who works as a chef on luxury yachts, has previously completed a long distance cycle ride, travelling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. He challenged David Lloyd-Rumens, owner of Sub Studio Photography in Worcester, to join him on a new 300 mile cycling challenge to raise money for the local hospice.

Although he had no previous road cycling experience, David accepted the challenge and bought a suitable bike. The pair plan to complete their challenge later this month, and aim to cycle as much as possible non-stop, other than a 4 hour ferry journey between Newhaven & Dieppe.

The pair decided to fundraise for St Richard’s Hospice as the hospice has cared for family members.

Phil Kelly explained; “St Richard’s hospice is a fantastic cause, we both know that no matter how tough our challenge is, it’s nothing in comparison to what some families are facing.”

David Lloyd-Rumens said; “When Phil suggested the challenge it sounded like a great idea even though I wouldn’t describe myself as a cyclist by any means. However, after the first 10 miles of training I started to regret it – all of a sudden Paris seemed a long way off! The main thing I’ve struggled with is finding the time for all of the training, you just have to fit it in to any spare moment. I think I’ve just about got used to it, and I’m even getting used to wearing Lycra!”

To follow their training and ride, visit the Sub Studio Photography Facebook page or Twitter feed. To donate to the pair’s fund, visit

The challenge is being kindly sponsored by Edwards Motors in Kempsey.

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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

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