Peter Neighbour and his son Robert spent the weekend embarking on a 50 mile charity bike ride to raise money for local hospice Michael Sobell House based at Mount Vernon Hospital.
The hospice organised the Bike Ride Challenge 2011 which started and finished at their premises in Northwood and took riders on the 50 mile ride up to Amersham, Great Missenden and back through Beaconsfield and Denham.
Peter, who owns the Watford office of Home Instead, commented: “We had both been training hard for this event at the gym, but actually found cycling on the road was much harder but more enjoyable! The bike ride was a fantastic event, and we are hopeful that once all funds are collected, they will have raised a considerable amount of money for this fantastic cause.”
Michel Sobell House is raising money to ensure that it remains a centre of excellence for specialist palliative care services. Last year this event raised £11,500.00 and although this year’s total is not yet known, the team is hopeful they will have generated a similar amount. Ophelia Chambers-Henry, Events and Community Manager for the hospice comments, “I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the cyclists who made the day such a huge success. We had over 200 cyclists and thankfully the weather was kind to us. Now we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that we will have raised another impressive sum this year to enable the hospice to continue providing the fantastic level of palliative care it is renowned for.”
Peter and Robert have now got the cycling bug and are keen to continue raising money for various charitable causes and will be encouraging other Home Instead team members to join them on future long-distance bike rides. Peter says: “We have set our hearts on taking part in the Alzheimer Society’s Lands End to John O’Groats Cycle Challenge next May and a couple of other Home Instead offices have already said they will join us. We will certainly be holding them to it!”
Home Instead is an award winning national company which is changing the way care is delivered in the UK and is rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on Michael Sobell Hospice or to get involved in upcoming fundraising events, please call Opheilia Chambers-Henry on 01923 844829 or visit www.michaelsobellhouse.co.uk