Katie Li

2024: Pilgrims Hospices 05 May Cycle Challenge

Fundraising for Pilgrims Hospices In East Kent
£1,430
raised of £1,000 target
by 41 supporters
Event: Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge 2024, on 5 May 2024
In memory of Cynthia Li and Steven Li
Kent's biggest charity ride is back on Sunday 5th May 2024! Get on your bike and join cyclists of all abilities as you explore the beautiful Kent countryside with friends, family and colleagues, raising funds for Pilgrims Hospices.

Story

Team mates Katie Li, Raymond Li, Tim Li and Mark Hills. Together with my friends and family, I'm raising money for Pilgrims Hospices by taking on the Cycle Challenge on Sunday 5th May 2024. As a group, we're participating in the 30-mile & 50-mile challenge between us.

In loving memory of Cynthia (1961-2017), Steven (1952-2023) & our friends' loved ones.

Thank you for taking a moment to visit my JustGiving page. My family, friends and I are helping to raise funds for Pilgrims Hospice charity deliver skilled and compassionate end-of-life care to thousands of people in east Kent in the UK every year. Your support is appreciated and so crucial for this charity.

I'm sharing our team's purpose and my story with you.

My mum, Cynthia, would share many proverbs with my sibling and me during her lifetime. As I'm writing and sharing this story, I recall the warmth of my mum's hugs, smiles and the one proverb distinctively instilled into my fondest memory, as she would say,

"心心 darling! 人生只有一次, 最終都會行到盡頭, 就係生命嘅循環. 我哋必須珍惜我哋擁有嘅每一刻, 並充實地過好每一日."

This roughly translates to,

"Every human has only been given one life's journey that will eventually come to an end. Remember, to live and cherish every day and moment to its fullest."

When she died in 2017 from Bowel Cancer, I remember the compassionate palliative care that she received, which genuinely made her final journey peaceful and dignified. Even though it was heartbreaking to let her go, feeling helpless and thinking there was no logic/reason to this end. We have a saying that the most selfless act of love is to accept the reality in front of you and give your loved one permission to leave in their chosen final moment.

As the years gone by, we've all learned to live with our emotions and thoughts of bereavement, yet, as life throws you of all sorts, it's with great sadness to say our dad, Steven, died last Easter in 2023 from a rare B-cell lymphoma (Blood Cancer).

Having cared for them throughout the struggles of their cancer journeys, the compassionate end-of-life care they both received has been the most exceptional, peaceful and dignified for everyone involved.

My dad was a person who lived in the present, believed in fate and destiny, and was devoted to supporting and loving our mum, Cynthia, unconditionally. Needless to say, my family and I are still processing the death of both parents - but one thing I do know is no matter what happens, there's always a path forward. For me, it's remembering that my mum lived her life helping others and always took the opportunity to support charities. I remember how my dad lived by embracing the present and taking life one day at a time.

To carry on our parent's legacy supporting charities, this year, my family and friends are once again reunited to cycle as "Team Cynthia & Steven" in fundraising for Pilgrims Hospice so that they can continue their excellent, compassionate palliative care services across Kent in the UK by taking on the Cycle Challenge on Sunday, 5th May 2024.

💕 In 2019, those who funded and supported us for the cause of Pilgrims Hospice, we, as Team Cynthia, reached a total of £2888.00 offline and online combined. Team members Cindy Li, Amy Li, Raymond Li, Nick Slade, Nick Tse, Ellen Tyler and Matt Tyler.

🌟 This year, we would appreciate your support in any way you can; 100% of your funds from JustGiving will go to Pilgrims Hospice.

💡Alternatively, you could help us raise awareness by sharing this page

🚴🏻‍♀️ Join JustGiving and Team Cynthia and Steven to start fundraising together: http://www.justgiving.com/team/teamcynthiaandsteven?invite=true

✍️ Sign up and join us for the Cycle Challenge on the day: bit.ly/PHCycleChallenge24

Thank you so much in advance and taking the time to read our story. We'll keep you posted on the final team members and distances we've signed up for in May 2024.

In a closing note, I'm sharing our family values and perspective on life:

"Life is finite; live life to the fullest and enjoy your moments. Stay true to our values: Trust and Love, Be Selfless, Kind and Compassionate, Practice Humbleness, Bring Harmony, Be True and Honest."

About the campaign

Kent's biggest charity ride is back on Sunday 5th May 2024! Get on your bike and join cyclists of all abilities as you explore the beautiful Kent countryside with friends, family and colleagues, raising funds for Pilgrims Hospices.

About the charity

Pilgrims Hospices is a charity providing palliative care, free of charge, to people in east Kent. For people with a range of life-limiting illnesses, specialist services are provided from our three hospices in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients' homes and via community programmes.

Donation summary

Total raised
£1,429.01
+ £279.75 Gift Aid
Online donations
£1,409.01
Offline donations
£20.00

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