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Student's hospice bike challenge in memory of her best friend's Mum

Correspondent 11th Jun, 2018

A STUDENT from Redditch is taking part in a cycling challenge in memory of her best friend’s Mum.

Olivia Salkeld will be cycling 45 miles to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice, which looked after Helen Deaves before she died in December 2015, aged just 37.

The annual Bikeathon event – on Sunday, July 1 – offers riders the choice of 16, 45 or 64 mile distances.

Each of the routes starts and finishes at the hospice in Wildwood Drive, while the two longer rides will be timed.

Olivia, aged 20, said : “Helen was my best friend’s mum when I was at school and was like a second mum to me. She was such a caring person and always gave great advice.

Helen Deaves

“Ever since Helen was in St Richard’s I wanted to do some fundraising for them; I couldn’t believe that such a great organisation relies on volunteers and charitable donations.”

Olivia is doing the ride with her father Paul, a keen cyclist and fundraiser for the hospice.

And although she used to be a member of a cycling club and competed regionally, she hasn’t cycled for five years. She said : “It is going to be a real challenge for me, coming back to cycling after such a break!”

Kelly Johns, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “Stories such as these are always poignant and personal.

“The impact of a loved one’s death can be life changing for family and friends.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Olivia and all those taking part in our Bikeathon event; funds raised will help us to continue to provide our specialist care.”

The Bikeathon is sponsored by Midland Communications and to sign up for it visit St Richard’s Hospice online or call Kelly Johns on 01905 763963.

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