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Father and daughter team take up hospice bike challenge

30th May 2018

A father and his 13 year old daughter are taking on a cycling challenge to raise funds for a local hospice.

Andrew and Abigail Daniels, from Worcester, will saddle up on Sunday 1 July as part of St Richard’s Hospice annual Bikeathon event.

The duo are aiming to raise £1000.  Contributions can be donated at www.justgiving.com/abi-daniels45miler.

Andrew is a keen cyclist and has undertaken a number of charity challenges over the years for the hospice, including taking part in the 2006 London Marathon.

However, at just aged 13, this will be Abigail’s first long distance cycling challenge; participants can choose from 16, 45 or 64 miles.

Andrew said : “This is a great challenge for both myself and Abigail and I couldn’t be more proud of her.  Her training is going really well and has included a 34 mile, 2 and a half hour trip to Ross-on-Wye.  She’ll be doing 45 miles before we know it!”

Each of the routes starts and finishes at the hospice in Wildwood Drive, while the two longer rides will be timed.

The courses will all be clearly signposted and will pass through mainly quiet country lanes, or specific bike routes, with regular refreshment stops along the way.

Kelly Johns, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We are thrilled that Andrew and Abigail will be taking part in our Bikeathon event in July.  And we are all a little bit humbled by the fact that Abigail is just 13 years old.  Such commitment and focus is to be applauded and we would like to say a very big thank you to them both and wish them all the best on the day.”

The 16-mile route passes through villages including Kempsey and Pirton; the 45-mile route takes in Eckington and Pershore and the 64-mile route travels as far as Broadway and Snowshill.

The Bikeathon is sponsored by Midland Communications.

Andrew concluded : “St Richard’s really is an essential resource, and, as such, it needs all the support it can get.

“We want to do our bit. As a local family, we all know someone who has benefited from the care offered by St. Richard’s Hospice and that’s why we want to get involved.”

To sign-up for the Bikeathon visit www.strichards.org.uk/bikeathon, alternatively contact Kelly Johns on 01905 763963 or email kjohns@strichards.org.uk

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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

  • 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.
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  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
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