1st March 2017

Take on team challenge for hospice

Cyclists, walkers and rowers who are up for a challenge are being sought for one of the county’s ultimate team trials this summer.

The popular ‘Paddle, Plod and Pedal’ event is organised by St Richard’s Hospice and now in its seventh year.

Taking part over a 45 mile radius, the Sunday, 25 June event will include

a route through the beautiful Worcestershire and Gloucestershire countryside. The teams will paddle in bell boats along the River Avon from Pershore to Tewkesbury before walking from Tewkesbury to Kempsey. They then take to the saddle to pedal the remainder of the route back to Pershore, where they will be rewarded with a well-earned medal, complimentary pig roast and a great sense of achievement.

Love was in the air at last year’s event when a local couple announced their engagement, mid-challenge!

The hospice – which provides specialist palliative care for those living with life limiting illnesses – is inviting teams of eight to ten to participate in the event and raise much needed funds to support its valuable work.

Bell boating training sessions are planned nearer the time for those who are novices or would like top tips from experts.

Last year’s event saw more than 120 people taking part in the endurance challenge, raising more than £25,000, with most teams exceeding their targets.

Entry is free; participants pledge to raise either £150 each or £1500 for a team fundraising effort.  Fundraising help and support is available for all those taking part.

Jayne Sargeant, Community Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said; “Our annual Paddle, Plod and Pedal event is a fantastic day out for those who want to challenge themselves in a fun and team spirited way.  Hospice care is free for everyone and is provided for however long it is needed, which could be days, weeks or months.  Ensuring, therefore, that we continue to raise vital funds to support our work is at the heart of such challenges.”