23 cyclists from Cornwall have successfully ridden from Padstow to Nantes in France raising funds for Cornwall Hospice Care. Their sponsorship money is still being counted, but the charity says they will have raised tens of thousands of pounds to help fund the care for terminally ill patients.

A final total for the 5 day adventure will be announced on Friday 15th November and the money raised will go directly to funding the care provided at the charity’s two hospices. Bed numbers at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle are increasing with 18 already available and the sponsorship money will help pay for the nurses caring for the patients.

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In the picture above, the riders gather at the first water stop at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.

Oli Hoare is Head of Fundraising at Cornwall Hospice Care; “Of the 280 miles cycled day two, our first in France, proved to be the hardest. We needed to complete 91 miles that day and the distance was a real challenge. For many of us, myself included, it was the farthest I had ever cycled in a day.”

The 23 cyclists who made the trip to France, started from Prideaux Place in Padstow and arrived in convoy on Saturday 5th October at the Château des ducs de Bretagne. They were greeted by a huge welcome party of friends and family and a champagne finish.

Grit and determination

Oli again; “We were amazed and humbled by the sheer amount of support we received in Cornwall; from the fabulous set off at Prideaux Place, to the party like atmosphere at water stop one at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, to the warm welcome of the Harbour Moon Inn at Looe for lunch and the people of Downderry giving out jelly babies as we sailed past; it was all simply amazing. The comradery of the team and support and encouragement for each other was stunning. We set off as a group of people united by loss, but we returned friends. I am in awe of every single cyclist who joined us. Their grit and determination to take on this challenge and raise some incredible figures, has been extraordinary and truly wonderful.”

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