07 March 2016

Volunteer marshals needed for Chilterns Cycle Challenge

marshalling at the Cycle ChallengeRennie Grove Hospice Care is seeking volunteers to help as route marshals at its popular annual cycle challenge on Sunday 20 March.

Gillian Barnett, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Rennie Grove, said: “Volunteer marshals are a crucial part of the event: they help to direct cyclists, hand out refreshments at watering stations and offer encouragement when the going gets tough.  We couldn’t put on the event without them.”

Volunteers at the charity’s large-scale fundraising events say they love the uplifting sense of being part of a big team effort in a happy atmosphere.  Rennie Grove organises nine mass participation events, such as the Chilterns Cycle Challenge, every year.  Between them, these events raise enough money to fund a whole team of Hospice at Home nurses, providing specialist care to thousands of patients in their own homes at any time of the day or night.  Volunteers filled almost 400 different roles at these events in 2015, donating nearly 1,000 hours of their time in total and saving the charity more than £24,000. 

Gillian adds: “Volunteers like our lovely route marshals not only contribute to the total raised by an event, but they also ensure that as much of that money as possible can go towards patient care.  For example, the funds they helped save last year alone were enough to fund a Healthcare Assistant; a role at Rennie Grove that helps get patients home from hospital so they can access the specialist care provided by our nurses.”

If you have a few hours to spare on Sunday 20 March and would like to be part of something special in your local community, please contact 01442 890222 to sign up as a route marshal for the Chilterns Cycle Challenge.