22 March 2015

Rennie Grove's Chilterns Cycle Challenge a huge success

Hundreds of people took to two wheels on Sunday (March 22) when they participated in Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s fifth annual Chilterns Cycle Challenge.

It is hoped the cyclists will raise around £40,000 for the charity which helps local people who have cancer and other life-limiting illness.

Cyclists, who had the choice of three different routes, 75 miles, 35 miles and a family friendly cycle of 10k, rode through the beautiful Chilterns countryside on a chilly but sunny day after setting off from Kingsbury Square in Aylesbury.

Nicky White, who lives in Amersham, decided to take part in the 75 mile challenge in memory of her dad, Roy Bull, who died on New Year’s Eve last year. So far Nicky has raised more than £1,600 through sponsorship.

Nicky explained: “My dad was helped by the Rennie Grove nurses who came and looked after him in the weeks leading up to his death from prostate cancer. It meant he was able to die at home, which is what he wanted. “The nurses also helped after his death, they were excellent so I wanted to do something to give back. I only got into cycling last summer but thought this event looked like a good idea for me to do.”

Twins Jenny Smith, of Butlers Cross and Sarah Herring, of Little Chalfont, took part in the 35 mile route as they wanted a fun activity to do together.

The pair, who have five sons between them, will turn 40 later this year and plan to take part in more challenges during 2015.

After persuading a friend from Winchester to join them, keen cyclists Charles and Sue Cemlyn-Jones from Chalfont St Peter signed up to ride 35 miles. “We’ve read about the event in previous years in the Bucks Advertiser and have always wanted to do it so we’re really pleased to be taking part.”

Gillian Barnett, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the charity, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in Sunday’s event as well as all our fantastic volunteers who gave their time to help ensure it went so smoothly. Raising £40,000 is an amazing achievement, £32,000 would fund one of our specialist hospice at home nurses for a year so this money really will help make a difference to people in our community.”

If you have been inspired to take part in a cycle challenge, Rennie Grove Hospice Care has two events coming up that might be of interest. On 2 August the charity has two places at the Prudential Ride London which is a 100 mile challenge. In return for your place you are asked to gain a minimum of £500 sponsorship for Rennie Grove. To find out more and register an interest please call Jo Hunt before April 20 on 01442 820720.

From 17-20 September the charity has organised a cycle challenge from St Albans to the Isle of Wight and back. The ride will be captained by Graham Poll, the former FIFA referee who is a patron of the charity. For more details contact Colin Ivey on 01442 820731. View all our Chilterns Cycle Challenge photos