Truro Grandad gears up for cycling challenge

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By CHSW_ | Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 16:43

Bob Richards, a grandfather from Carnon Downs, is gearing up for a 200 mile charity bike ride to raise money for life-limited children. 

The Ride for Precious Lives, organised by Children's Hospice South West (CHSW), will see Bob journey across three counties via the charity's three children's hospices this spring. 

Bob raised over £1800 last year by taking part in this cycling marathon and would love to raise even more money for CHSW this year. 

Bob, 63, explains how the training has been going:

"My training schedule consists so far of a couple of twelve mile rides to try out a newly serviced bike but over the next few weeks I aim to increase the mileage and the time.

"Some of the participants are regular fanatics doing fifty milers ten times a week, or so it seems, and then there are others, like me, who are not ashamed to walk up the occasional hill, have a chat along the way and take it easy, admire the view and enjoy the whole experience."

Bob found the camaraderie among riders particularly rewarding, he continues:

"It is a great ride, when I did it last year I was totally blown away by some of the stories from some of the riders who had direct family involvement with CHSW or were carers at the Hospices.

"It isn't a race… that's the main thing to remember.  There are no prizes for being first over the line.  Getting to the finish and raising as much cash as you can are the two main aims.

"This is my invitation to everyone to join me, the personal fulfillment will far outweigh your expectations and the simple goal of finishing the event and all for a worthy cause, what better reason could there be?"

Ride for Precious Lives is now in its fifth successive year, having raised over £250,000 for Children's Hospice South West during that time.

This year's event will be held over three days from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June.  The ride will start at Little Harbour hospice near St Austell, passing Little Bridge House hospice near Barnstaple before finishing at Charlton Farm hospice near Bristol.

Money raised by the event will be used by Children's Hospice South West to help provide vital care and support for families with life-limited children.

To sponsor Bob for his cycling challenge in aid of CHSW, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/BobRichards.

There are only a few spaces left for this year's Ride for Precious Lives…. Why not join Bob and take part in this cycling challenge to support your local children's hospice?  Find out more and register online now at www.chsw.org.uk/rfpl or phone 01726 871800.

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