Cycle challenge in memory of much-loved dad and grandpa

Barry Stevens
Barry Stevens

An uncle and his two nephews will tackle a gruelling cycle challenge in memory of his dad – and his nephews’ grandpa – this year.

Barry Stevens, of Stocklands Way, Prestwood, has signed up to Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s 2015 Chilterns Cycle Challenge on Sunday, March 22.

Barry will cycle 75 miles along with his nephews Ashley and Shaun Smith, who live in Aylesbury, to raise money in memory of their dad and grandad.

The trio decided to take part as a memorial to John Stevens, Barry’s dad and Ashley and Shaun’s grandpa who died last January – two and a half years after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Barry, who is hoping his team will raise around £200, said: “The Iain Rennie nurses were very involved with dad’s care, particularly in the last six months when his health deteriorated.

“Every nurse the family came across was absolutely amazing.

“It was a truly terrible time, but the Iain Rennie nurses advised and comforted throughout and we will never forget.”

The Chilterns Cycle Challenge – which starts and finishes in Aylesbury – has 10k, 35 mile or 75 mile routes to choose from to suit all abilities.

Ruth Proudfoot, events manager at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, said: “It is lovely to hear that the work our nurses do inspires people to take part in our challenges to help raise funds for the charity.

“We are hoping this year’s Chilterns Cycle Challenge will prove even more popular than previous years, so don’t delay; sign up now to guarantee your place.”

Last year, TV presenter and keen cyclist Fern Britton took part in the 35 mile challenge.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed talking to people along the way who were riding in memory of people who have been cared for by the charity.

“Everyone had nothing but praise for the work of the Iain Rennie nurses.”

Last year’s Chilterns Cycle Challenge attracted more than 500 participants and raised around £40,000 for the charity’s nursing and support services for local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illness.

£32,000 funds one of the charity’s specialist hospice at home nurses for a year.

The 10k route costs £17, £20 for 35 miles and £30 for the 75 mile option. Child entry is £10 and under 5s are free.

The entry fee includes a t-shirt, medal and water along the way.

For further information and to register, please go to www.renniegrove.org/chilternscycle or call 01442 820740.