16th June 2016

Riding the length of Britain at a snail’s pace

A hospice supporter with a sense of humour is taking on the iconic John O’Groats to Lands’ End challenge in an entirely novel way, all in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

Victoria Wright, from Lower Broadheath, will set off on Sunday 3rd July to ride a Honda C90 Cub motorbike from the most northern point of Britain at John O’Groats to the most southerly at Lands’ End dressed as a snail. She hopes to complete her challenge in one week, and to raise at least £1,000 to help fund hospice care.

The generous Worcester community has been enthusiastically backing her challenge, with The Anchor at Kempsey kindly providing free bacon sandwiches to the riders and support team as they pass through Worcester on Thursday morning.

Mrs Wright’s snail costume is sure to attract attention and will include a full shell and headpiece sporting eyes on tentacles as she takes on the 975-mile challenge in memory of her mum, Gill Walker, who was cared for by the hospice before her death last year.

Victoria said; “I’m expecting many challenges along the way – weather, breakdowns and roadside repairs, not to mention earache and sore muscles! One thing that is certain though is that it will be SLOW progress! The Cub is many things but fast it is not…think 45mph downhill with the wind behind me!

She added; “I lost my beautiful and unbelievably brave Mum to cancer last January. When we heard that she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer, we knew it would be a battle but nothing could prepare us for just how hard it would be. When the suggestion was made that she could go into a hospice to manage her symptoms and help to build her back up to continue treatment I remember her being reluctant. But St Richard’s Hospice became the one place that felt really comforting for her to be and it is no exaggeration to say that it is a truly inspirational place. The care that they provide and the dignity that they treat their patients with is second to none. I would love to raise as much money as I possibly can to repay them in a small way in my Mum’s memory, but also to help ensure that they can continue to provide the care and support to others.”

To donate to Victoria’s fund, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Victoria-Wright81 or text CUBZ90 then either £1 £2 £3 £4 £5 or £10 to 70070.