London Calling for St. Margaret's Cyclists

PUBLISHED: 09:17 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:31 20 February 2013

Cyclists sought for 100 mile hospice fundraiser

St. Margarets Hospice have secured places in the first ever RideLondon 100, a fundraising cycle event like no other through the closed roads of London and Surrey Hills on Sunday 4 August 2013.

Just hours before the worlds top cyclists race the RideLondon Classic, 20,000 cyclists will have the chance to cycle a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race, and
St. Margarets Hospice are looking for cyclists to ride 100 miles and raise money for the charity.

The RideLondon 100 is a perfect ride for club & recreational cyclists (participants must feel competent to complete 100 miles in under 9 hours) and take part in what organisers hope will be the largest charity fund-raising cycle race in the world!

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by London 2012. RideLondon100 will start in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follow the closed roads through the capital and onto Surreys stunning country roads and hills. With leg-testing climbs and a route recently made famous by the worlds best cyclists, this promises to be truly spectacular event for all involved.

St. Margarets Hospice are also organising The Somerset Cycle, a long distance cycle ride across the county on 8 September 2013. The event which will cover between 80 90 miles, will utilise the existing Sustrans routes, and take in some of the countrys most spectacular scenery whilst providing a varied and challenging route for competent cyclists.

For more information about either RideLondon 100 or The Somerset Cycle contact Brooke Brownlow, Sponsored Events Fundraiser on or call 01823 345 911.

Make a difference in 2013: Become a Sunflower Friend

A year on from St. Margarets launching their community-based Sunflower Friends; the Somerset-wide Hospice is now looking from more people to join this volunteer service, which provides local people affected by life-limiting illness with companionship and support in their own homes.

St. Margarets currently have just over 20 Sunflower Friends and are now looking for about 8 more to join their ranks in supporting patients and carers through companionship and practical support.

Volunteers come from all walks of life are required to spend time with patients in their own homes and also help with activities such as, helping patients get to their Doctors or do their shopping, support patients with a hobby or interest and offer general companionship and support in the patients own home.

St. Margarets Hospice is looking for people, who ideally live in the Yeovil, Chard, Crewkerne, Glastonbury and Wells areas, to attend 3 days of training spread over 3 weeks starting on 28 February 2013 in Yeovil.

Kathy Hughes, St. Margarets Hospice Community Clinical Volunteer Lead said: Patients tells us that Sunflower Friends are a lifeline, they look forwards to visits, having someone bright and chatty around really makes a difference. It is also re-assuring to family members to know there is someone trained and trusted who will visit when they cant.

We know that patients preference is to be treated at home and the Sunflower Friends forms part of this seamless service within the community. Equally, patients who have been at either of our Taunton or Yeovil hospices may have a Sunflower Friend when they return home.

The Sunflower Friends service has seen over 25 patients and Sunflower Friends have undertaken over 115 visits to those patients within their own home since the service started.

By becoming a St. Margarets volunteer, not only will you be giving something back to your local community, but you will also have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and make new friends!

One of St. Margarets Sunflower Friends, Glenis Samuels said: We pop in to see patients, have a chat and a cup of coffee, and help with any chores that need doing. I would recommend it to anyone.

Full training is provided for all new volunteers, candidates will be required to undertake a CRB check, interview and provide references, all of which will be followed up.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunflower Friend and supporting St. Margarets patients in your area, please contact Kathy Hughes, St. Margarets Hospice Community Clinical Volunteer Lead on 01823 346956 or email by 14 January 2013.

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