We may be different ages and come from different backgrounds but we are great friends, sharing a passion for cricket and the dressing room at our beloved Ombersley CC. During a game late last season, we were discussing challenges we’d like to take on in our lives, and so the John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle seed was sown. It’s a significant challenge – 10 days, 100 miles a day, 1,000 miles in all. Oh, and neither of us actually cycle, well....we’ve owned BMX’s but not sure that counts!
Once we’d accepted the challenge, it brought out the philanthropist in both of us. It just makes sense if one is taking on a challenge of this magnitude to raise money for a good cause. The whole experience will be richer for it. It was a straightforward decision to select St. Richard’s Hospice as our charity of choice. The quality of care they provide is exceptional, something we have both seen first hand.
Why are we doing it?
"My reasoning is very simple, I want to give back and make a difference to others. I unfortunately lost both parents in 2016 over a short 6 month period. I'm still dealing with the huge hole this left, I knew I had to do something to help others. My own personal experience has shown me just how important the care St Richards Hospice provides, both for end of life and their ongoing support for the families and loved ones as they go through a hugely traumatic time."
" I’m not ashamed to admit I have a personal interest. As someone from a minority background, I’m keen to raise awareness within the Asian community of the tremendous support and assistance the Hospice provides for service users requiring end of life care. Culturally, the responsibility has fallen on immediate family to nurse their loved ones during this difficult time but there is an alternative environment that can help make this period easier for all involved. "
So, that’s a bit about the “why”. Now we need your help. We’ve set a challenging fundraising target - £10,000 to be precise. All donations are welcome, no matter how small or large – every penny will count! Thanks in advance for your support!
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Gareth & Arti