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GET PEDALLING: Friends from Kings Langley pedal their way through the Chilterns for charity 

 Published on: 25th August 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A group of friends from Kings Langley are embarking on a 60-mile cycle ride to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis.

They have chosen a considerably hilly route through the Chilterns which will end at the Saracens Head pub in Kings Langley.

This route was chosen after the London to Brighton cycle ride was unfortunately cancelled twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Peter Thorpe, one of the men taking part in the ride, said that the group wanted to continue fundraising after the London to Brighton was cancelled.

He said: “We started fundraising over lockdown and we had the notification it had been cancelled we decided to honour the fundraising and do a ride on our own around the local villages.”

The group chose to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis because of the personal connection they had to the charity.

Peter’s mum, Moira Thorpe, spent time at the hospice before she sadly passed away in 2009 from Cystic Fibrosis.

He said that his mum was part of a new intake of patients at the hospice, as it was previously cancer orientated.

Peter said: “Her time there pathed the way for the hospice to deviate from cancer and open their doors to more cystic fibrosis patients.

“This pathed the way for a much brighter future for cystic fibrosis patients to have a better quality of life in their final days.”

Peter said the group and himself had not done much cycling previously, but they will be doing much more cycling in the future. 

He said: “I feel much more alive, none of us are huge cyclists but we have all fallen in love with it.”

The group will carry out the ride on September 12 and will celebrate after with an event hosted by their title sponsor the Saracens Head.

This event at the pub will be held in the afternoon and include a BBQ and other surprises such as a raffle.

You can donate to their fundraising at justgiving.com/fundraising/hospiceofstfrancis20?fbclid=IwAR1pslriND2k8df5ZYt7c-a1qfoFLcCzPSDh21XtJY2YItVofLySo9X30VA.

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