Cyclists step up a Gear for Katharine House Hospice


Gazette readers are invited to sign up to take part in the annual Katharine House Hospice Cycling Challenge – a landmark event in the hospice’s fundraising calendar.

The Cycling Challenge takes place on Sunday 1st May, and riders can register now to take part in what promises to be a great fun day for serious cyclists and families alike.

There are 4 routes to choose from, with a short 8 mile family route, a Mini 20 mile leisurely ride through Stafford’s cycle tracks, a Midi 45 mile ride, a gruelling 65 mile route which is suitable for road bikes.

Lisa Carson, hospice events fundraiser said

“Last years’ Cycling Challenge raised over £25,000 for the Hospice – which would cover the cost of care for 10 patients a day for an entire week. We hope that we will raise even more from this year’s event.

“We are offering an incentive for the person who raises the most gift aid through their sponsorship this year. Gift aid boosts the value of sponsorship considerably, every pound that UK tax payers donate in sponsorship could be worth 25% extra to the hospice”.

The hospice also have 10 places available for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey event which takes place on 31st July. Last year’s Ride London cyclists raised over £6,000 for the hospice and enjoyed every second of their experience. With a minimum fundraising target of £750, this is an event every keen cyclist will want to be part of. It is the London Marathon of the cycling world! If you would like to take one of the KHH charity places for the Ride London event, contact Lisa Carson on 01785 270808 or email

Interested riders can register for the Cycling Challenge by calling the fundraising team on 01785 270808 or online at

Since its beginnings as a volunteer led Hospice at Home service back in 1989 – Katharine House has grown to provide a range of vital free care services for local people. Since 1989 the Hospice has provided care for almost 9000 patients across Mid-Staffordshire coping with a progressive illness and their families. It relies upon the generosity of the local community to help generate 75% of funds needed to run its range of vital services..

For more information, interviews and/or photographs please contact Nigel Connor on 01785 254645 or alternatively e-mail