Cyclist Edie goes on a gran tour for Hospice in the Weald

Cyclist Edie goes on a gran tour for Hospice in the Weald
RAISE THE HANDLEBAR: Edie Cook and her father Jason doubled their cycling challenge

There were three different routes to choose from for the 160 cyclists who took part, all starting from Pembury.

The 20-mile version saw riders travelling to Goudhurst and back, the 40-mile option stretched to Cranbrook, while the 80-mile route went all the way to the coast at Rye.

Many families and friends were cycling in memory of their loved ones who had been cared for by the hospice.

Among them was 13-year-old Edie Cook, who completed the 40-mile route in memory of her late grandmother and raised £1,000 in sponsorship in the process.

Ms Cook said: “I originally entered the 20-mile race with my dad, as he is a keen cyclist, but as our training went on we decided to increase the challenge to 40 miles and the sponsorship money started coming in from friends, family and my schoolfriends, too.

“I never knew my grandmother, but she spent two weeks in the care of the hospice and this has been a great way to keep her memory alive.

“My family all tell me that she would have been very proud of me.”

Ewan Tuohy, Relationship Fundraising Manager at the hospice, said: “We are thrilled with the positive feedback that we have had from the day.

“There was a great atmosphere,” she added. “We’ve had some great comments from riders on each of the routes.

“I’m proud to say that our team of staff and volunteers worked together to make this happen.”

Hospice in the Weald is now preparing for its Ho Ho Hospice Christmas event, a ‘Santas v Penguins’ 5K fun run on December 16 at The Schools at Somerhill.

For more information, telephone Michelle Winstone on 01892 820527, or email

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