Robyn puts her foot down to lift Isabel Hospice's Genmar Cup
Isabel Hospice supporter Robyn Richards has been rewarded for raising the highest amount of sponsorship cash in the charity’s annual On Your Bike cycling challenge.
Robyn, who works as a learning support assistant at St Elizabeth’s Centre in Perry Green, which supports people with epilepsy and other complex medical needs, was presented with Genmar IT’s Fundraiser Cup for her efforts in raising £715 for the East Herts hospice.
The 31-year-old was moved to take part in the cycling challenge earlier in the year in memory of her mother Maree, who was cared for by the hospice nurses. “My mum got me into cycling,” Robyn said.
Maree passed away in November 2015 at the age of 63, just 21 days after doctors diagnosed her with pancreatic cancer.
The charity also supported Robyn’s father Andy by helping him come to terms with his wife’s prognosis.
“It was a big shock,” Robyn said. “I’m so glad they [Isabel Hospice] were there.”
In May, Robyn took part in the cycling challenge’s 50k route, which started and ended at Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club, alongside the other 230 cyclists, an experience she thoroughly enjoyed.
“It felt really good to be able to raise that money for the hospice,” she said. “It felt really comforting to know I’ve helped other people who are in the same position I was.”
Renee Friend, chairman of the Bishop’s Stortford Fundraising Support Group, explained that Robyn’s donation will fund a nursing team to care for a patient throughout the night at its inpatient unit.
She added: “James Moore of Genmar also presented me with a cheque for £135, donated by customers in lieu of payment for general support enquiries.
“We are extremely grateful for, and do rely on, the support of our local communities and businesses at our events enabling us to continue to provide care and support to over 194 patients and their families in Stortford and surrounding area. Together we care.”