Four-day cycling challenge for Hospice

18 July 2016

Two women from Leigh took on an extraordinary challenge in June and have raised over £2,000 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Nicole Whittaker and Jenna Green undertook a 300 mile, four-day bike ride from London to Paris in memory of Nicole's gran, Maureen Roberts, who was cared for by the hospice's 'Hospice in your Home' team last year.

Paris Bike Ride

Jenna said: "On 8th June we set off on our four-day bike ride from London to Paris in memory of Niki's Nana, Maureen, and on behalf of Wigan & Leigh Hospice, which provides specialist care for those who are at the end of their lives and is funded mainly through the donations and support of local people.

"Most people are only aware of the services they provide at the Hospice itself, however, the staff also provide support in people's homes, specifically through the night, allowing time for families to get rest. The support provided by the nurses at Wigan & Leigh Hospice made a real difference to Niki's Nana and helped her to stay in her own home a lot longer than she might have done without their services."

Nicole said: "We chose the bike ride to Paris as we wanted a really tough challenge that would make people want to get involved and donate.

"The support that my Nan received meant that she could stay in her own home much longer than she otherwise would have done, which meant a lot to her.

"She eventually had to go into a nursing home and then, sadly, she passed away shortly afterwards, in December last year. Our family were so grateful for the support they received from the Hospice which meant that she could stay in her own home for as long as she could.

"We hope that the money we have raised can now go on to help other families in similar situations."

Katie Stevenson, community fundraiser at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, said: "Nicole and Jenna sent themselves a remarkable challenge for two people who aren't cyclists. It's amazing what people can achieve when they put their heart and soul in to something and we are all so grateful for their generous donation, They should both be incredibly proud of themselves."

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