London to Paris cycle challenge in memory of loved one

17th July 2017


Dedicated supporters of St Richard’s are strapping on their cycle helmets to raise money for hospice care.

The Thomas family are taking part in a London to Paris Bike Ride starting this week, in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

The Worcestershire hospice cared for Paul and Philip Thomas’ mother, Pat Thomas, who lived in Malvern before her death of cancer of the oesophagus at the age of 74. Paul and Philip are taking part in the event along with Mrs Juliet Thomas, Pat’s daughter in law, and Oliver Thomas, Pat’s grandson.

Paul, from Hertfordshire, said: “The care and quality of service that our mother and our family received was nothing short of outstanding. They gave our mum a dignified and as comfortable as possible end to her life. We owe so much to the hospice as it helped us immeasurably to watch our mum pass away.  We found that St Richard’s always put the patients’ needs and welfare at the forefront of everything they do. They even allowed Mum’s two dogs to visit her, which really meant a lot to her.”

Pat Thomas - thomas family london to paris cycle challengeThe team has almost reached their £3,000 fundraising target. Philip, who lives in Bath, explained: “We wanted to find a challenge that would be demanding, and stretching, and that we could do as a family. As novices to cycling we felt that the London to Paris cycle challenge was an ideal opportunity embodying many of the values that we experienced with St Richard’s Hospice of togetherness and unity and would enable us to give something back to the hospice that gave us so much.”

Jodi Brandwood, St Richard’s Fundraiser said, “We are very grateful to the Thomas family for taking on such an exciting challenge to support hospice care.  It’s sure to be a memorable experience and a wonderful way of pulling together to challenge themselves for a cause so close to their hearts. We wish them bon voyage!”

The four-day cycle event starts on Wednesday 19th July, and sees hundreds of participants ride the 300 miles from London to the French capital, Paris.

After the challenge is completed the team get to watch the final of the Tour de France, cycling the same route they did only the day before.

To donate to Team Thomas visit their Just Giving page

For more information and to register for next year’s London to Paris Bike Ride and cycle in aid of St Richard’s visit our website. There is a reduced registration fee available until midnight on Sunday 23rd July. For more information click here:

 St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,000 patients, family members and bereaved in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.

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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.