Friends set to cycle 1,000 miles for hospice

11th September 2018

A pair of friends are set to cycle the 1,000-mile John O’Groats to Land’s End challenge – raising money for hospice care.

Gareth Andrew and Arti Fiaz, who live in Worcester, will embark on the 10-day ride from John O’Groats on Tuesday, September 18.

The duo, who play for Ombersley Cricket Club, hope to raise £10,000 for St Richard’s Hospice – a charity close to their hearts.

“I unfortunately lost both parents in 2016 over a six-month period,” explained Mr Andrew, 34. “I am still dealing with the huge hole this left. I knew I had to do something to help others.

“My own personal experience has shown me just how important the care St Richard’s Hospice provides, both for end of life and their ongoing support for the families and loved ones as they go through a hugely traumatic time.”

Mr Fiaz, aged 41, said: “As someone from a minority background, I’m keen to raise awareness within the Asian community of the tremendous support and assistance the hospice provides for service users requiring end of life care.

“Culturally, the responsibility has fallen on immediate family to nurse their loved ones during this difficult time – but there is an alternative environment that can help make this period easier for all involved.”

To help raise money, the friends will stop in their home city for a fundraising night at The Anchor, Diglis, on Tuesday, September 25.

Tour manager Frank Watson will support them throughout the challenge – titled JOGLE – alongside a support van. Mr Watson has also taken on a skydive to help raise funds.

Mr Andrew added: “We are both extremely excited but apprehensive as we know it’s an extremely strenuous feat testing us physically and mentally!”

Donations can be made via or by texting STRH99 £2 to 70070.

Jodi Brandwood, hospice fundraiser, said: “It is inspiring to hear of Gareth and Arti’s amazing challenge and we wish them the very best of luck.

“We are so grateful to them for raising money in support of our hospice – their donation will help us continue to care for patients and their loved ones.”

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