Cyclists’ 200 mile ride helps to raise over £3,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care

Pictured left to right are Nigel Dulieu, Angie Durham, Sarah Faith, Paul Thomas and John Faith.

Pictured left to right are Nigel Dulieu, Angie Durham, Sarah Faith, Paul Thomas and John Faith. - Credit: Archant

Fundraising cyclists have helped to boost the funds of a Bury St Edmunds hospice with their latest ride which covered over 200 miles in three days.

The group of five, called the Wacky Roses, managed to raise £3,150 for St Nicholas Hospice Care after they completed the Way of The Roses course which went through Lancashire (the red rose) and Yorkshire (the white rose).

They set off from Morecombe before finishing in the seaside town of Bridlington.

Angie Durham was joined by her late husband’s brother-in-law Nigel Dulieu and friends Paul Thomas and John and Sarah Faith for the cycling challenge in memory of Mark Durham, 45, who was cared for at the hospice but sadly died in June 2014 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour the previous Christmas.

Throughout Mark’s illness the hospice helped to support the couple at home and following his death Angie and her supporters have raised around £15,000 for the charity.

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This isn’t the first time the group have used their pedal power to raise funds for the hospice.

Last year the team and conquered a 100-mile ride through Belgium and into Holland and two-years-ago Angie, Nigel, and Paul cycled from Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, to Cromer, in Norfolk.

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In 2014, three weeks after Mark’s death Nigel and Paul were joined by Ian Dulieu as they cycled across France and Belgium to mark the centenary of World War One.

Angie said of the latest challenge: “We really enjoyed it. There were some hill climbs that were particularly tough but we were all able to support each other.

“We have also had a lot of support from others as well. On the third day we were near York and I noticed there was something written in chalk on one of the roads.

“It was a good luck message someone I work with had written. That was a boost.”

Jenny Smith, the hospice’s event manager said: “We are so grateful to Angie, Nigel Paul Thomas John and Sarah for their continued fundraising efforts.

“Without the efforts of supporters like them we wouldn’t be able to keep funding the care and support those across the community coping with illness at the end of their lives need.

“They quite literally go the extra mile for us.

“To have raised £15,000 in just four years is brilliant, and the group are so determined they’re already planning their next challenge.”

The group hope their next charitable challenge will see them cycle 300 miles in three days across France and Belgium.

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