The Bedford Daycare Hospice has great cause for celebration this week as they not only welcomed back the five cyclists and two support riders from their Bedford to Paris sponsored challenge, but also learnt that the team have gone far beyond their fundraising target of £10,000 and have crossed the Paris finishing line with the grand total of £12,500.
The ambitious challenge event was organised by Bedford Daycare Hospice supporter Jos Daalhuizen who along with his fellow team mates spent many months planning, checking and training for the big event.
He said: “We always knew this was an ambitious challenge as we are not hardened cyclists but perhaps that’s why so many of our kind friends and families supported us with sponsorship. They knew this wasn’t going to be an easy ride in any respect.
“There were massive challenges, blisters, punctures, unbelievable steep hills and harsh weather to contend with but at every stage, we kept reminding ourselves why we were doing it and that made a big difference.
“We are collectively proud – not just of ourselves as it was a big challenge, but of our supporter’s generosity which made the overall fundraising total of £12,500 possible.”
Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson was there to see the cyclists off on their challenge, which began at the Linden Road hospice.
He said; “It’s wonderful that they exceeded their target and raised £12,500 for such a fantastic cause.”
The hospice receives just 20 per cent of its running costs through government funding while the rest of the funds to run the hospice come from donations and fundraising.
Head of fundraising Barbara Burnett said: “The whole team have been incredible – we are so proud of them. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of their supporters who sponsored them and their family and friends who must have missed them during their long hours of planning and training.”
It’s not too late to donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/BDCH-Cycling-Team