At 7am on Wednesday 14 June over fifty cyclists hit the road from St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham heading for Paris on one of the hottest days of the year. Four days and 300 miles later, all 52 riders cycled together triumphantly through the famous boulevards of Paris to complete their journey in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Saturday 17 June, having jointly raised over £100,000 to fund the work of the hospice across South East London.
Mark Abrahams, 53, from Croydon, was among a group of over 40 hospice supporters and ten St Christopher’s staff who have been training exceptionally hard for more than six months to undertake the gruelling four day trip, which involved cycling up to 95 miles in just one day.
Mark was peddling the London-Paris bike ride in memory of his mum.
Mark explains, “My Mum passed away in 2003 and St Christopher’s helped her with home palliative care. The hospice staff were so professional and caring during mum’s final days, and importantly kept all of the family informed with what was going on.
“Training for the bike ride has been very hard, but my friend Brian Turner and I have met some great people that have helped along the way. Whilst it’s been difficult to get people to turn intentions into sponsorship, I have been pestering for the last few days and should be over my fundraising target by the time we hit Paris! I’ve been really looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and we’ve shared some amazing comradery, but obviously reaching the finishing point at the Eiffel Tower has been the best bit!”
It’s not too late to donate funds to support St Christopher’s London to Paris event – visit http://bit.ly/2soa3oy
In 2017, St Christopher’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary – and by extension the 50th anniversary of modern hospice care – with a variety of events, including the ‘50:50’ event (50 riders cycling for 50 years of hospice care, from London to Paris).
For further St Christopher’s anniversary events, see www.stchristophers.org.uk/event-type/50-years