Cynthia Spencer Hospice’s flagship fundraiser rides again with a return to Althorp Estate
Cycle4Cynthia, the flagship fundraising event organised by Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity to raise money to support the care provided by the hospice, will take place at the Althorp Estate on Sunday 25th September 2022 with organisers promising lots of exciting new additions to the event.
Event organiser Sarah Denston explained some of the changes that have been made to offer more choice to riders including a new route: “We’ve planned to add a 10 mile route for some time as we know many of our younger participants have wanted to ride this distance and we’re very pleased that our hosts, Althorp have helped make this possible.
“For those tired, aching legs we’ll be providing a massage station which we’re sure will be very welcome to our riders when they’ve finished their routes while for the little ones we’ll have a bouncy castle, face painting stall and other attractions so families can make even more memories of their day.”
The 2021 event, the first live event the hospice charity had been able to hold since the start of the pandemic, raised £40,043 for the hospice. ‘Team Rawsthorne’, who raised £1,937 in memory of Tom Rawsthorne, who passed away in 2020 after a long battle with cancer, come out as the top fundraising team.
Tom’s brother, Sam said: “Tom and I originally did the Cycle4Cynthia ride together in 2013 when he had first beaten his cancer but unfortunately it came back again and Tom sadly passed away in March 2020, after receiving care from Cynthia Spencer’s hospice@home team. It’s incredible what the nurses do, it’s so important at that time, especially near the end as it’s very stressful for families so making sure someone’s at ease, it’s massive, it really is.
“The hospice is something everyone in Northampton can relate to and connect to so we didn’t have to do a lot of banging on doors to raise money! We shared our fundraising page on social media and with help from friends we spread the word to reach a great fundraising total. A team of us representing Tom will definitely be signing up for this year’s Cycle4Cynthia too!”
Anita Frith, director of income generation explains why it’s so important that as many people as possible get on their bikes for the hospice this year: “The last two years have been extremely challenging for our charity to ensure we are still able to support the amazing care that the hospice provides to the people of Northamptonshire. We’re still recovering from the effects of the pandemic and what we really need is the support of the people of Northamptonshire to help the hospice, just like the hospice has been there for them and their families over the years.
“We’ve thrown down a challenge to everyone taking part to try and raise at least £250 each and if everybody manages this, the total fundraising will make a huge impact on our annual fundraising for the hospice.”
Registration is open now and riders can grab their places by visiting https://www.cynthiaspencer.org.uk/event/C4C2022 or by contacting the fundraising team on 01604 973340 or firstname.lastname@example.org