Staff get on their bikes for charity

Twenty of our team members have signed up this month (April, 2017) to cycle 20 miles in aid of our two charities of the year.

To tie in with our 20th anniversary and to raise money for St. Margaret’s Hospice and Escape Support Group, the team of 20 will take part in a bike ride on Sunday, May 21.

(From left to right) Front of house team members at Rumwell Cafe, Harry Turner and Max Norman, get ready for the 20-mile bike ride in aid of St. Margaret’s Hospice ad Escape.

Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of the farm shop, said: “We wanted to do a team fundraiser for both the charities, which also linked in with our 20th anniversary and the bike ride seemed like a great idea and something that all the team could take part in.

“The route will start and end at the farm shop. We will cycle to Hillfarrance, Oake and Halse and on to Ash Priors to Fitzhead and will then head home via Milverton and Nynehead.

“We do have some keen cyclists in the group but others are beginners so we have a mixed bag but it’s just great to see everyone so keen for the fundraiser.

“We’re just hoping for dry weather on the day and to hit our fundraising target. We hope to raise at least £1,000 from the sponsored bike ride. This will then be split between the two charities. People who would like to sponsor the team can do so by popping in to the farm shop or the cafe or by clicking here.”

St. Margaret’s Hospice as a charity, has been at the heart of Somerset’s community, for more than 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.

Last year St. Margaret’s Hospice, which is based in Bishops Hull, cared for more than 3,200 people across Somerset. To provide this care they need to raise in excess of £7.5 million. Without the generous support of the community, thousands of people facing the challenge of a life-limiting illness would struggle to receive the care and support they need.

Sharon Pavey, Community Fundraiser for Taunton Deane for St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “It’s fantastic that so many members of staff want to take part in aid of St. Margaret’s Hospice and Escape. We wish them the best of luck.”

Escape Support Group, which is based in in Taunton, has been supporting families who have a child, or children, with disabilities or specific individual needs in the Somerset area for 17 years.

Escape’s main aim is to provide fun activities, allowing children the opportunity to experience a positive childhood where they are integrated fully, and are able to share experiences that will enhance and enrich their lives, which other children and families may take for granted.

Sarah Phippen, Team Leader at Escape Support Group, said: “The bike ride is a great idea to get the whole team together. As well as being a fundraiser in aid of two local causes, it will also be a fantastic bonding session for all participants. We wish all the cyclists a safe and enjoyable ride.”

Escape offers support to families who have a child, or children, with any form of additional need or disability, no matter how mild or severe. A diagnosis is not required to become a member.