More than 100 cyclists got into gear and joined the two-wheel experience raising £17,583 for Haven House. Cyclists headed off from our hospice and either completed an epic 55km or 10km course.

The youngest rider to take part was five-year-old Grace Myers, who completed the scenic 10km family route with her dad Richard. This was the first sponsored bike ride her little legs had undertaken after having lost both her grandmothers in the last 12 months. Richard explained:

“Grace has come to realise that life does not always run smoothly and that there is a great need for hospitals, hospices and care homes. Grace had a great adventure taking part but also found it a hard undertaking having a small bicycle and short legs,” 

The Woodford Green Prep student completed the course with a smile, and crossed the finish line to a roaring applause where she received her finisher’s medal. 

The Spike family were also amongst the purple pack of riders. When we asked what inspired them to take part, Nick said:

“Haven House provides incredible support to those children that need it the most and support their families through immensely difficult times. It was an easy decision when deciding on a local charity to raise funds for as a family. It is a privilege to do what we can for Haven House.” 

Nicola Smith, a staff member at Haven House and keen cyclist, had rallied 15 friends and family members to pedal. Nicola, a Finance Officer, said:

“I’m part of a truly amazing team of colleagues and, for me, supporting children and families at such difficult times is vital and very rewarding. It was a great bike ride, well thought out and lots of fun for adults and children. The kids said it was lots of fun!”

The ride ended back at Haven House, where riders were treated to a massage, refreshments, a DJ, and a well-deserved barbecue.  

Reiko Murray, Haven House’s Senior Community and Events Manager, said:

“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who took part. I’m immensely proud of everyone involved in making the event such a safe and enjoyable day. From our fantastic volunteers, to our marshals, to the enthusiasm at our rest stops and not to forget our amazing cyclists themselves!”
“We rely on fundraising to keep providing compassionate and expert care and being there when it matters most. Every mile completed and every penny raised will make a real difference to families going through the toughest of times. Thank you.”