Arthur Jones, Andrew Studley and Liz Studley took part in a gruelling cycle challenge to raise funds and show their support for St David’s Hospice.
Brenda Jones (Arthur’s wife of 33 years and mother to Andrew) sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in March this year, spending her final weeks at St Davids Hospice.
Arthur, Rhos-on-Sea, spoke highly of the care Brenda received:
“I can never thank them enough for the care they provided for Brenda and our family during this time. They made her last days as comfortable as possible and helped us as a family cope better with the heartache.”
To give back to the local charity, Brenda’s family took part in Velothon Wales. The event, which took place in the heat wave this July, is for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy the thrill of closed road cycling, whilst taking in some of Wales’ most breath-taking scenery around South Wales.
Brenda’s son Andrew Studley who works as a Supply Chain Manager for Wales & West Utilities said:
“The Velothon ride this year was particularly tough due to temperatures being over 30 degrees C and a strong head wind for the first 25 miles.
“We had to dig deep to complete the race and at the end emotions were high with adrenaline buzz but this was special knowing we had raised £2000 for the Hospice and that mum would have been very proud of us.
“Hopefully what we have raised will help to allow others to have exceptional end of life care as my mum did. Doing the ride and raising the money is our way of saying thank you to the Hospice.”
The family members cycled 125km raising £1,946.85, of which £300 was kindly donated by Andrew’s employers Wales & West Utilities and £295 from Arthur’s Baptist Church on Prince’s Drive.
St David’s Hospice Community Fundraiser James Wilde praised the family, thanking them for their efforts:
“This was a really demanding challenge for Andrew, Liz and Arthur which was made even tougher by the warm weather conditions but all three of them pushed on to the finish.
“This was a great way to remember Brenda and I thank the trio for showing their gratitude for the Hospice’s care. The money raised will be a great support to the work we do here at St David’s Hospice.”