Are we astonished? Yes! Overwhelmed? Most definitely. Speechless? Not with Tom Dearie on the ride…!
What we are, actually, is incredibly grateful and humbled by everyone’s generosity — last night we reached and surpassed £23,000 which, when the final pennies were counted after last year’s Ride2Bury challenge, was what we raised last year.
We’ve been whispering to each other about our hopes to reach this total before we set off on our ride next week, but none of us dared to dream we would make it this far with five days still to go until the cyclists saddle up in York.
One of the charities that will benefit from this money is Harbour Cancer Support Centre, based across Portsmouth Harbour in Gosport.
Here’s what they have to say:
Harbour Cancer Support Centre is a locally based charity which provides practical and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer within the Hampshire area.
We offer a relaxing and warm environment for anyone who has been affected by cancer to come and spend time. This includes the patient, their families, carers and friends.
We offer our services free of charge, so we rely on the kind generosity and support from the local community, to enable us to be of support to those who need it.
Our services include counselling, befriending, drop-in and information centre, support for children, complimentary therapies, coffee mornings and an art group.
The money raised from the York2Pompey ride will be a massive boost for the charity’s funds and enable us to support even more local people who have been affected by cancer. We rely greatly on the generosity of local people; without their support we would not be able to continue.
Our total so far…