Story

As many of you are aware last year my beautiful stepdaughter Stephanie lost her battle with bowel cancer and died peacefully with her Mum at her side in the early hours of 24th June.

I and her closest family were with Stephanie at The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted for the last days of her life. I was amazed by her courage and good humour in the face of the inevitable pain and suffering she would endure in those last few precious days. Thankfully she was in the wonderful care of the nurses and staff at the hospice . Their dedication and consideration made Stephanie as comfortable as possible and afforded us the chance to be with her  at a time of great sadness in our lives, the support and kindness we received was invaluable.

Now we are in a New Year and I am determined to make a positive out of such tragedy . As I have very good friends who live close to the home of St Francis in Assisi - betwwen Rome and Florence - and are like me mad bikers, I decided we would undertake an epic ride from the Basilica of St Francis atop the hill in Assisi to The Hospice of St Francis atop a slightly smaller hill in Berkhamsted, total distance 2000kms circa 1250 miles. Our aim is to start on the 10th June and finish on the anniversary of Stephs death. From Assisi we will cross the Appenines then follow the Po valley to by pass Milan, through Switzerland - a few good climbs there - into France via the infamous Col d Izoard then on to St Etienne where we pick up the Loire valley and head north to Orleans , Chartres and eventually to Le Harve where will make the crossing of La Manche to Portsmouth . I am hopeful that on the last leg from the South Coast up to Berkhamsted on the weekend of the 23rd /24th June many of our cycling buddies here in UK will join in the fun either on two wheels or four  for this last leg of our adventure.

Our objective is not only to commemorate Stephanie with our effort - she would definitely think we raving mad to undertake such a ride - but to raise funds for the Hospice which desperately need support to ensure the magnificent work they do continues. It is very much policy today for the terminally ill to be treated at home , my experience tells me that the facilities and expertise required to maintain the comfort of the sick and dying and to allow the family to spend those last precious days with their loved one is far better provided in a purpose built facility like the Hospice of St Francis.

We have set ourselves an ambitious target of £50,000 , a mere £25 per km , so I would ask you please to give us maximum support to help achieve this and to provide the care for the next family who are desperate for their loved one to leave this world with dignity and compassion.

Thank you

Jason

Raising money for

Hospice Of St Francis (Berkhamsted)

Hospice Of St Francis (Berkhamsted)

Charity Registration No. 280825

The Hospice aims to bring peace, comfort and dignity to patients and families facing serious illness. We offer assessment and skilled clinical care, home and bereavement support. All our care is free, it costs £4.7m to run our services each year, we only get 20% of from the NHS

Donations 68

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Sorry it`s so late Jason...well done Jane and Richard.xx

Donation by Jane Mann on 25/09/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Well done, Jason. A tremendous effort in aid of a wonderful charity.

Donation by Caroline Burmaster on 30/07/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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I'm so sorry this is so late. A special feat for a special girl. Love Sarah x

Donation by Sarah Eley on 29/07/12

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

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Donation by jameas roberts on 22/07/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Excellant achievement Jason. Well done.

Donation by David Fox on 18/07/12

£30.00

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A fantastic effort in memory of a very special young lady

Donation by Barry Eley on 04/07/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done team, such a great cause to remember a truley amazing girl xxxx

Donation by Carla Azavedo on 26/06/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on finishing such an epic ride for such a worthy cause x

Donation by Lauren Joselyn on 26/06/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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What an amazing achievement and wonderful story. Huge congratulations to all of you.

Donation by Anna Muirhead on 25/06/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Jason and Danny. Brilliant effort and thanks for your encouragement as we tried our hand (or should that be legs) at what you have done.

Donation by Mark and Aileen on 25/06/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Great job Jason! .. best wishes .. james

Donation by James Sanson on 24/06/12

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Congratulations and well done ..... pleased to see you safely back in Tring. A very worthy cause.

Donation by Trevor & Susan Power on 24/06/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck! Your story is so inspirational. Ciara x

Donation by Ciara McMullan on 21/06/12

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Best of luck in the final stages of this amazing effort. It has been truly inspirational and my thoughts are with you, especially over this weekend.

Donation by Ian Lynch on 21/06/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Hannah Milton on 20/06/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck Jason, you are an inspiration! Lots of love Caroline & Sara xxx

Donation by Sara Cohen on 20/06/12

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good luck Jason lots of love xxxxxx

Donation by sharon green on 20/06/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Great Cause, Great Cyclist, Great Acheivement. Well done

Donation by Alex Pomerance on 20/06/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Well done Jason, fantastic cause xxx keep going, photos are brilliant ! Xxx

Donation by Katie and Daryl Vincent on 20/06/12

£5.00

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Your hard work is for such a wonderful cause. Hilary and Andrew

Donation by andrew dancer on 19/06/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Jason - delighted to support you both - what a wonderful cause

Donation by Howard Morgan on 17/06/12

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Good Luck from your garden neighbours, Helen, Craig & William

Donation by Helen Bussell on 10/06/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck to you both, have a fantastic ride

Donation by Kevin Gold on 08/06/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Best of luck

Donation by Gary Sacks on 08/06/12

£250.00

+ £62.50 Gift Aid

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Jason, you are an inspiration to us all, well done mate.

Donation by ian cohen on 08/06/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,725.00
  • Offline donations£3,850.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£8,575.00
  • Gift Aid£905.00

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