A St Elizabeth Hospice supporter and cycling enthusiast is urging riders to get in gear for the charity’s Suffolk Cycle Challenge on Sunday 31st August.
Matt Kerr, 43, a member of Ipswich Bicycle Club, has been using his cycling experience to help with the planning of the fundraising event, including the routes that participants will be riding on the day.
Mr Kerr’s mother Ann died at the Hospice after a year-long battle with lung cancer, prompting him to become a firm supporter.
Mr Kerr, of Ipswich, said “St Elizabeth Hospice looked after my mum in such a considerate and thoughtful way, she really was in the best place possible.
“Not only did they take great care of mum, they also took care of our whole family – we were always made to feel welcome, even when we had pretty much moved in for her final week.
“We’ve started a St Elizabeth Tribute Fund in her memory, which has already raised over £1,200, but it feels great to be able to put my passion for cycling to good use by helping the Hospice with this event and doing something I know my mum would be proud of.”
Joanne Rodger, Events and Challenges Fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said “I’m really pleased we’ve had Matt on board helping us with the routes, his expertise has been invaluable.
“The event is suitable for cyclists of all ability levels, so whether you’re a relative beginner or Sir Bradley Wiggins, get signed up and help support the Hospice.”
The Suffolk Cycle Challenge features a choice of 40 or 80 mile routes, and a shorter family ride of between 6-7 miles.
Starting at Framlingham College, the circular routes take riders through the scenic Suffolk countryside; the 80 mile circuit stretches between Bungay and Tuddenham, while the 40 mile ride reaches both Halesworth and Harleston.
Registration for the 40 or 80 mile routes is just £30, while the family route is only £10 per adult, with under-16s free of charge.
To register, visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/suffolkcyclechallenge