Sunday 14th October 2018 saw over 380 cyclist donned their helmets whilst battling the elements of Storm Calum.

Riding against the ever changing weather, they put pedal to the metal to help support Rowcroft Hospice.

It is thought that Ride for Rowcroft, and the participants will have raised in excess of £35,000 to help fund Rowcroft’s vital services.

These amazing and challenging fundraising efforts will help Rowcroft provide care and support to patients and families living with life limiting illnesses across South Devon

Two Cycling Challenges

This year, there were two cycle challenges to choose from.

The first was the return of ‘The Classic’ a 24km course of roads and tarmac.

The second, known as ‘The Haytor Hill Climb’, was a 32km challenge which added an extra sense of adrenaline for the day.

Garth and Amanda Nadin, cycled in memory of Amanda’s Nan who was cared for by the hospice.

They chose the 24km route and Amanda said:

It’s an amazing local charity that we are always keen to support in whatever way we can

Whilst Gary Taylor dived into the 32km Haytor Hill Climb and said:

It was tough taking on the hill climb, as you think it just goes on and on but it’s for a good local cause and I feel great now I’ve completed it. 

Passionate Volunteers

The cyclists were well supported by a team of passionate volunteers who generously gave up their Sunday morning to help the event run as smoothly and safely as possible.

Willi Armes, from Holocombe volunteeered at the event and commented:

I chose to volunteer for Rowcroft today because to give something back.  Rowcroft has cared for friends from my Church.  It was so lovely that with the support of the Rowcroft Chaplain we were able to take communion with a friend in her final days.  Volunteering today has been great and I would highly recommend it.  

Rowcroft’s Event Manager, Stewart Molyneux is thrilled with the amount raise for local patients and families in need of Rowcroft’s services.

He went on to say.

What an amazing Sunday!  We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers and amazing participants who join us so early in the morning and braved the wind and rain of Storm Callum.  The atmosphere was amazing, there was a real buzz created by the community coming together over a passion for cycling and enjoying our beautiful South Devon countryside, all in support for Rowcroft Hospice. 

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