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Cyclists rally together to raise £600 for a hospice

Cyclists put their bikes aside for an evening of fun and laughter as they helped to raise vital funds for a hospice.
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Members of Hornchurch Cycling Club, together with their family and friends, enjoyed a night out at the British Legion in Hornchurch on Saturday (November 28) to support Saint Francis Hospice

A raffle was also held and one lucky winner took home a specialized hybrid bike. 

"Saint Francis Hospice looked after my mum before she died of cancer at home," said Spencer Littlechild, (pictured outside the hospice with his bike) who runs the cycling club with his friend Dave Raven.

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"The nurses and staff did so much for her. She was given a wheelchair when she needed it and there was always someone at the end of the phone to offer help and support."

The hospice is now the cycling club's chosen charity for 2016 and it plans to continue its fundraising efforts next year.

"I've lived in Upminster all my life so I've always known of the hospice and the wonderful work it does," said Spencer, 39, who is a Youth Engagement Officer with the Metropolitan Police.

"It is important to support local charities and at the hospice you can see exactly where your money is going."

Katy Woodgate, Events Manager at the hospice, said, "We are absolutely delighted that Hornchurch Cycling Club has chosen to support the hospice and we look forward to working with the club in 2016.

"We would like to say a big thank you to Spencer for organising the event and hope other clubs and groups will be inspired to get involved."

Spencer, along with his wife and two children, did not rely on pedal power when they joined more than 550 people donning their Santa suits on Sunday (December 13th), for the hospice's annual 5k Santathon in Dagenham.

The club, which started in 2014 currently has more than 100 members who meet in the car park at Queen's Theatre every Saturday and Sunday at 8am before heading off on a bike ride. 

To find out more about the cycling club visit www.hornchurchcc.com.

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The Littlechild family at the Santathon with (from left to right) Spencer, Freddie, Olivia and Jenna.