Cyclists take on 1,000 mile trip and raise thousands for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Two brothers-in-law, Russell Champion and Rob Kingsford, have raised over £33,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, in memory of Russell’s aunt, Rachel Gormley, who was cared for at the hospice.

Rob Kingsford, Russell Champion and Steve Champion with their bikes.
Rob Kingsford, Russell Champion and Steve Champion.

A journey in memory

38-year-old Russell from Reading and Rob, 37, took on the 1,000-mile challenge in memory of Russell’s aunt, Rachel Gormley, who was cared for at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice before she passed away in March 2019.

Accompanied by Russell’s dad Steve in the support vehicle, the pair set off from Land’s End in Cornwall on 22 August and crossed the finish line at John O’Groats in Scotland just 9 days later. They made a special stop at Pentire Head in Polzeath, Cornwall, where Rachel’s ashes were scattered.

With support from family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers, the intrepid pair raised over £11,000 which was then tripled by Russell’s employer, independent asset management organisation company RWC Partners.

“We’re thrilled to have raised this fantastic amount of money for such a good cause close to our hearts”

Rob said: “It’s been physically and emotionally draining, but it was a fun adventure and something we’ll remember forever. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us, helped, donated, cheered us on, pedalled alongside us and been so generous. We’re thrilled to have raised this fantastic amount of money for such a good cause close to our hearts.”

With fundraising events cancelled for the rest of this year and no clear indication of how long it will take for Sue Ryder charity shops to return to normal trading, Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice anticipates a funding gap of £1m for this financial year, so the hard work of fundraisers like Russell and Rob, as well as the generous donations from supporters mean more than ever to help Sue Ryder continue to be there when it matters most.

Find out more information on Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, the specialist care they provide for people with life-limiting conditions and ways in which you can help to support them.