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Cycle4Cynthia, now in its 18th year is Cynthia Spencer Hospice’s biggest fundraising event and has raised well over £500,000 for the hospice. The money raised goes towards supporting all areas of care within the hospice’s services including our inpatient unit, community and hospice@home teams and our Wellbeing Centre. So every single pound you raise by taking part goes towards caring for patients in many different ways depending on their need, but always supporting their loved and families too.

Patients like Jo whose sister, Rebecca shared her story of how Jo’s care was so personalised to her.

“Jo was an extremely spiritual person and this was recognised and respected. She was given reiki healing, allowed an aromatherapy diffuser in her room and was able to build a fairy garden within the grounds. She used to love to go out in her wheelchair and see the glorious carpet of snowdrops maintained by amazing volunteers. She particularly loved feeding the birds, especially the little robin who would visit daily.”

You can read the full story of Jo’s care here

This year, as Cynthia Spencer Hospice celebrates 45 years of providing that very special care to the people of Northamptonshire, and given the loss of fundraising we have suffered since the Coronavirus pandemic broke out we need as many people as possible to get back in the saddle and come and join us at Lamport Hall on Sunday 19th September.

We need your help more than ever this year!

See you all there!


History

In 2003 Northamptonshire businessman John Pinkham encouraged a group of friends to take part in a cycle ride around the county’s rolling countryside to raise money for the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Such was its success, Cycle4Cynthia was born.

In 2004, when the Hospice launched a £1.5 million appeal, John decided to extend the event beyond simply inviting his friends for a casual bike ride and encouraged families, businesses and cycle enthusiasts to both sponsor and take part in Cycle 4 Cynthia to help raise funds for the Hospice.

Cyclists had a choice of three routes, 5 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles encompassing some of the county’s most attractive stately homes including Althorp House, Kelmarsh Hall, Cottesbrooke Hall and Holdenby House. The result was phenomenal; over 460 people took part, raising a staggering £35,000.

In 2005 it was decided that the money raised would be split between the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support in the county while the subsequent major change to the event has been its venue; it moved from Nationwide, via Franklin’s Gardens (the home of the Northampton Saints) to Althorp (by kind permission of The Earl Spencer, who is President of the Hospice), then on to Lamport Hall in 2014 (when 10% of the monies raised went to Kidsaid, the Northampton-based charity which supports children who have suffered abuse, bereavement, bullying or family issues). In 2015 the ride returned to Althorp, when the Hospice became the sole beneficiary, while the following year it moved to Holdenby House and in 2017, it was held at Lamport Hall.

In 2018 Saints, England and world champion rugby player Harry Mallinder fired the starting hooter at Althorp and despite the dismal weather, there was fantastic turnout of resilient pedallers and the amount they raised will be revealed at the 2019 launch event taking place at Franklin’s Gardens on Tuesday 2nd April. Incredibly, from relatively humble beginnings, the total figure raised in the previous fourteen years of the ride has already exceeded half a million pounds. The committee therefore wishes to thank all those riders, marshals, volunteers, businesses and sponsors who have helped to make the event such a success and hopes that a record number will again be out in force to support Cycle4Cynthia 2019 on Sunday 22nd September (with details of the venue again being announced at the launch).

Saints, England and world champion rugby player Harry Mallinder speaking at the end of the 2018 ride:

“I visited the Hospice last week and after meeting the staff and volunteers, was really humbled by the care and compassion they show to patients and their families and found the whole experience incredibly uplifting.


“So being here today to help support the team is a real privilege and on behalf of all those at the charity, I just want to say well and done and thank you to all those riders who braved the soggy conditions to leap into their saddles as every penny raised makes a massive difference to such an amazing place!”

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