DEDICATED supporters of St Richard’s Hospice are strapping on their cycle helmets to raise money in memory of their Malvern mum.
The Thomas family will be taking part in a London to Paris bike ride, which starts tomorrow (Wedneday), in aid of the hospice which provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones.
St Richard’s cared for Paul and Philip Thomas’ mother Pat, who lived in Malvern before she died of oesophagus cancer at the age of 74.
Paul and Philip will be taking on the four-day challenge along with Juliet Thomas, Pat’s daughter-in-law, and Oliver Thomas, Pat’s grandson.
“The care and quality of service that our mother and our family received was nothing short of outstanding,” said Paul.
“They gave our mum a dignified and as comfortable as possible end to her life.
“We owe so much to the hospice as it helped us immeasurably to watch our mum pass away.
“We found that St Richard’s always put the patients’ needs and welfare at the forefront of everything they do.
“They even allowed Mum’s two dogs to visit her, which really meant a lot to her.”
The Thomas’ are hoping to fund-raise £3,000 and so far more than £2,500 has been pledged.
“We wanted to find a challenge that would be demanding, and stretching, and that we could do as a family,” Philip added.
“As novices to cycling we felt that the London to Paris cycle challenge was an ideal opportunity embodying many of the values that we experienced with St Richard’s Hospice of togetherness and unity and would enable us to give something back to the hospice that gave us so much.”
To donate to Team Thomas visit their Just Giving page http://bit.ly/2u1l9QG.
For more information and to register for next year’s London to Paris Bike Ride and cycle in aid of St Richard’s visit http://bit.ly/2v9Xf3W.