Now, more than ever, our local charities need help and support to raise funds and continue the invaluable work they do in our communities.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a St. Albans based charity providing specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In August 2019, Rennie Grove nurses provided incredible support to Steve Russell and his family as his battle with cancer neared its end.
Steve sadly lost his battle on 28th August 2019 and on the 1st anniversary of his passing, his close friend Bevan Clark will be starting to cycle from Lands End to John o’ Groats to raise money for Rennie Grove. Dubbed as “Bev’s Big Charity Ride”, Bevan has set a fundraising target of £50,000, reflecting the fact that it would be Steve’s 50th birthday this year. Not only will Bevan be riding in Steve’s memory but, as Steve was a keen cyclist, Bev will also be taking on the challenge on Steve’s very own bike.
Steve Maton, Director of 5 Rings, has been involved with Rennie Grove for many years and was keen to support this event from its inception. As well as donating, Steve will be driving the support vehicle and documenting Bev’s progress every step of the way. The ride will set off from Lands End on August 28th and the hope is to complete the 1500km ride in 10 days.
“Charities are facing a huge challenge this year”, Steve Maton commented. “Income levels have plummeted and there have been practically no opportunities to raise funds. My family, like Steve Russell’s and many others, have personally benefitted from the amazing support that Rennie Grove provides, so when Bevan decided that he wanted to do this in memory of Steve I was only too pleased to offer him support. I’m sure there will be many challenges along the way but we’ll hit them head on – and hopefully with a smile on our faces!”
For more information about Rennie Grove and the work they do, visit their website.