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Droitwich man takes on charity cycle challenge
12:40pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A DROITWICH Spa man was amongst 200 cyclists to take part in a riding challenge to raise cash for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Steve Clay displayed his pedal power during the Acorns Severn Valley Cycle Challenge on Sunday, August 18.
His 10-year-old son Oliver has the life limiting condition, Dystonic Cerebral Palsy and receives short break care from the charity.
Steve, who works for event sponsor Legal & General and completed the 20 mile challenge with eight colleagues and his brother, Paul, said: “It was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed the cycle although it was quite tough. It was worth it to help Acorns which is a wonderful support for my son and whole family.”
The event was attended by Claire and Brett Groom, from Kingswinford, whose daughter Isla was cared for by the hospice before she passed away last year from the rare genetic condition, Edwards Syndrome.
The couple started some of the races and cheered on participants with their two other daughters Sian and Niamh.
Cyclists rode one of three different courses to match their ability, with 10, 20 and 40 mile routes all winding through stunning Severn Valley countryside before finishing in picturesque Bewdley.
After the race, participants relaxed with a scenic journey back to their starting points on the famous Severn Valley Steam Railway.
Laura Heathfield, Acorns’ events manager, said: “We were thrilled with the number of people who turned out to complete the tough cycle challenges and conquer the hilly routes. It was a lovely day, perfect for cycling. The atmosphere among everyone participating, spectating and volunteering was superb.
“Without their generous support Acorns would struggle to carry out the important work it does. We are very grateful to everyone who came along and hope to see them next year too.”
The charity is hoping that the event will raise £25,000, but this is dependent on participants remembering to send their sponsorship money in as soon as possible. The funds are vital to Acorns achieving its aim of helping to provide palliative care for the estimated 2,000 life-limited and life-threatened children in the region.
To find out more about the work of Acorns Children's Hospice call 0845 120 6892 or visit acorns.org.uk
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