Local Halfords stores in Torquay and Newton Abbot have announced the launch of a new partnership with Rowcroft Hospice’s, Ride for Rowcroft fundraising event by offering all participants free bike checks and 10% off parts and servicing. On Sunday 14 October, the cycle challenge will be returning to the picturesque surroundings of South Devon, with a new and more challenging 32km, up-hill course, the ‘Haytor Hillclimb’.
Rod Frost, Bike Hut Manager at Halfords Torquay shares a personal connection with the hospice and commented: “My Brother-in-Law passed away 18 months ago at the Rowcroft Inpatient Unit. The care, compassion and empathy of the Rowcroft team was amazing. They made him feel as comfortable as possible and made him feel he was in a safe place. He passed away very peacefully. Events like Ride for Rowcroft are very important because all the funds raised go back into supporting people in our community.”
All participants are encouraged to collect sponsorship to help support the ongoing care Rowcroft Hospice provides for people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon. Now in its third annual year, Ride for Rowcroft is proving to be one of the hospice’s most popular fundraising events. The previous two events have helped raise more than £100,000 for the hospice and organisers are hoping this year’s event will be the most successful yet.
Rowcroft Events Manager, Stewart Molyneux said: “Partnering with Halfords is a really exciting development for Ride for Rowcroft. With the event in its third year now, the support that Halfords can offer will help to continue its growth in to what we hope will be a flagship cycling event in the region. Our rider’s safety is paramount and Halfords expertise and support plays a key part in delivering that, especially with the amazing gesture of offering our riders free bike checks and 10% off parts and servicing.”
By signing up to the challenge, you are helping Rowcroft support people in the local community like Dean Elson’s family, Dean’s mother was cared for at the Rowcroft Inpatient Unit in Torquay. “It was there that she spent the last few weeks of her life under the care of the loving nurses who did everything they could to make her comfortable, and to be there for my Dad and the rest of the family. We couldn’t pick out individuals to praise as everyone did their bit to make Mum’s last days as good as they possible could. Ride for Rowcroft is a fantastic event for all the family. Any event supporting our wonderful hospice means so much to the families who use the hospice, and become dependent on the wonderful services and amazing staff”.
To sign up today visit www.rideforrowcroft.org.uk, minimum sign up age is 12 years of age.