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Bassist's call to sign up for cycle challlenge

Published: 20 Feb 2012 07:000 comments

STEREOPHONICS bass guitarist Richard Jones will swap handbags for handlebars when he takes on a 25-mile bike ride for Thames Hospicecare.

HAVE A NICE RIDE: Stereophonics bass player Richard Jones, Jacquie Borwn, clinical nurse, and Sue Long, senior staff nurse, promoting the annual Thames Hospicecare Bike Ride. 120658

Richard, who lives in Buckinghamshire, visited the hospice in Hatch Lane, Windsor on Friday to see first hand the work they do and he is encouraging others to sign up for the challenge.

The hospice needs individuals and teams to put their pedal power to the test to help beat last year's £32,000 fundraising total which provided palliative care to local patients and families.

Richard said: "I know the Hospice needs many more riders and I hope that by being here today I can encourage others to take part. The route is great. I rode it last year and enjoyed it so much I wanted to do it all again this year.

"But this is more than just a bike event, it's a chance to help a really worthwhile cause that needs all our support. I hope you'll register today and join me in supporting Thames Hospicecare,"

The route begins and ends at Higginson Park, in Marlow on Sunday, April 22, and Michelle Bowdidge, senior events fundraiser, thanked Richard for his visit and involvement.

She said: "I hope other people will be inspired by Richard and register. 80p in every £1 is raised through the generosity of local people.

"So it's important that events such as our annual Thames Hospicecare Bike Ride are a success,"

Entry is £10 per person and cyclists must be aged over 16.

To sign up, visit http://www.thameshospicecare.org.uk or for more information, call Michelle on 01753 848963.

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