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Richard Littledale

London by night!

cycling 100km across London by night for Princess Alice Hospice because their work enhances life when every second counts

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  • Event: Nightrider 2013, 08 Jun 2013 to 09 Jun 2013

Princess Alice Hospice

We provide compassionate hospice care to improve quality of life right to the end

Charity Registration No. 1010930

Story

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.I shall be joining over 2000 riders at the Nightrider event.Click here to see the route. Below is the story of why I am doing this:

Last year, a beloved member of my church spent the last few weeks of his life in Princess Alice Hospice. During that time every member of staff, from the people who cleaned the ward to the the staff who administered his medicines, to the chaplain, treated him and his family with the utmost warmth, humanity, dignity and compassion. True to its roots in an ancient understanding ofhospitality, the team made this last lap of the journey more bearable by every means at their disposal.

One Sunday afternoon last July I gathered with our friend and about twenty others in an upper room in the hospice. He had been a singer and worship leader in the life of the church, and was missing church services terribly. For this reason, with the chaplain’s help, we brought the church to him. As Pastor, I had planned an order of service, which was promptly abandoned in favour of something altogether more wonderful. From his bed, despite his weakness, our friend conducted the singing, urged us to pray, spoke of the sun setting on his time here, and urged the rest of us to make the most of ours. We laughed, we cried, we prayed, and above all we sang – our voices tumbling out of the wide open windows into the lovely summer’s day beyond. This…was worship, and I shall never forget it.I shall carry the sound of it in my head as I pedal, and for years after that too.

Princess Alice Hospice is a place which allows people to be themselves right up until the moment when their last breath is drawn. Twenty six years of ministry have taught me that hospices are about living, not dying. I am pleased to make some small contribution to helping them go on doing just that.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Princess Alice and  make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Thanks so much - it really will make a difference.

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