Lubron UK’s Director takes to the saddle to raise money for St Helena Hospice
Joe Austin, Lubron UK’s Director, cycled 315 miles from Colchester to Brussels for the 2015 3-2-1 Cycle to raise money for St Helena Hospice. The route took the cyclists from Colchester Rugby Club to Harwich, where they boarded a ferry to Holland, and then cycled to Brussels via Amsterdam.
St Helena Hospice is a registered charity providing specialist and holistic care for anyone living in North East Essex and the Colne Valley area of Mid Essex who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. All services are free of charge to patients and their families and delivered by a highly qualified team of specialists including nurses, doctors, physio and occupational therapists, social workers, complementary therapists, counsellors and a chaplaincy team at any stage of the illness.
These services are provided through the Inpatient Unit and Joan Tomkins Centre in Colchester, the Tendring Centre in Clacton, as well as in people’s own homes through the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Hospice at Home teams.
The hospice also has a specialist Education Centre, an approved collaborative partner of Anglia Ruskin University, promoting skilled and compassionate palliative care through training and education up to master’s degree level.
The forty-four brave and determined team members have already raised almost £85,000 for the hospice, and Joe has raised nearly £2000 of that figure. He says, “It was an amazing experience, hard work but great fun. I’m really grateful to everyone who sponsored me and it was an honour to be able to do something for such a worthwhile cause.”
Whilst Joe is no stranger to cycling long distances, some members of the team were, but the camaraderie forged between the team members ensured they all completed the challenge. Joe concludes, “Not only have I contributed to raising lots of money for the hospice, and had a wonderful weekend of cycling through such beautiful countryside, I have also returned with forty-three new friends!”