On Saturday afternoon 58 hospice heroes arrived in Amsterdam after setting off from St Christopher’s four days earlier having cycled 350 miles to raise vital funds for the hospice. So far the total is an incredible £165k and rising. Amongst them were 6 staff members, Prof Rob George, Helena Talbot-Rice, Jan Noble, John Bateson-Hill, Ian Penistone, Deborah Holman, Chair of Trustees, Morgan Jones and Volunteer John Firmin.
Helena Talbot-Rice was one of our amazing riders gave us her thoughts on the challenge, “It was really fun but hard. 350 miles is a long way. The weather made it harder – day 2 was so windy and we were cycling into a strong headwind all the way for about 90 miles! There were plenty of laughs, tears, massages (I stood on Rob George’s back one lunchtime to relieve his spine – don’t try this at home!!)
“We enjoyed some well-earned meals too – a particular favourite of mine was chips with apple sauce in Holland! Bruges and Breda were beautiful towns. We didn’t have long enough to enjoy them but did manage a late-night hot chocolate in Bruges at my insistence! Ice cream eating was also a highlight.
It was really fun but hard. 350 miles is a long way. Now it’s back to work for a rest!Helena Talbot-Rice
“We heard some lovely stories from other riders along the way of why they were doing it and what a difference St Christopher’s had made for them. It was nice to reconnect with some people whose family members or loved ones had benefitted from the gym and rehab. On Sunday morning there was enough time for a quick walking tour of Amsterdam led by Ian Penistone to take in some of the sights and sounds of such a beautiful city before our return journey via train. Probably my ‘champagne moment’ of the trip was leaping into a lake at the afternoon water stop on the last day before getting into Amsterdam. Never has cold water felt so good. Now it’s back to work for a rest!”
Fundraisers and London to Amsterdam organisers Jo Mowbray and Fiona Heath said, “They came they rode they conquered. #Amsterdone. We are in awe of their achievement and are honoured to have shared this very special journey with them. We have watched you all battle through and pick each other up when you were struggling, and the camaraderie has been fantastic. You have ridden in relentless headwinds and 32 degrees heat and kept on pushing through when others would have given up.”
From everyone at St Christopher’s, congratulations to all of the riders on your achievement and a huge thank you for all of your efforts.