Gloucestershire family take on 100-mile RideLondon-Surrey challenge for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

A family are challenging themselves to complete a 100-mile cycle to raise money for their local Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice, who supported their wife and mother when she died.

Richard Cox and his sons Simon and Jonathan, all from Cheltenham, are taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4th August. Also supporting them is their daughter and sister, Charlotte McHugh – who will be cheering on from the sidelines with the latest addition to the family, seven-month-old Finley.

Why they are supporting Sue Ryder

The family chose Sue Ryder as their chosen charity after losing their wife and mother Lynda in July 2018 following a long battle with ovarian cancer. Lynda was supported by Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice in her final weeks to ensure she was comfortable.

Richard and Jonathan are taking part in this fundraiser straight off the back of the 90km Leckhampton Court Ride for Ryder cycle thattook place at the end of June. Together as a family, they hope to raise £3,000 for the charity.

“Putting our energies into raising money for Sue Ryder has provided a positive focus for us all."

Speaking ahead of his challenge, Richard said: “Training for the 100 miles on the 4th August has been a significant and inspiring challenge. Losing Lynda, my wife for 44 years and their mother, has been difficult to handle and different for each of us.

“Putting our energies into raising money for Sue Ryder has provided a positive focus for us all," he added.

A huge thank you to the Cox family

“We are extremely grateful that Richard, Jonathan, Simon and Charlotte have chosen to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise money for Sue Ryder," said James Wright, Senior Events Manager at Sue Ryder.

“It’s only thanks to fundraisers like them that we’re able to continue to support people at the most difficult time of their lives.

"We wish the family lots of luck and look forward to celebrating with them at the finish line!”

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