On the 28th August this year, Bevan Clark set off on a bike ride. It wasn’t an ordinary bike ride though; this was over 1500km from Lands End to John O’Groats.
Exactly one year prior to the day, Bevan’s best friend Steve Russell lost his battle with cancer. Steve was a keen cyclist and in his honour, Bevan came up with the idea of Bev’s Big Charity Ride and set off on Steve’s old road bike to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, who had provided Steve with hospice-at-home care and made it possible for him to pass peacefully at home.
With the help of his road crew; Adam and our very own Steve Maton, who helped him prepare each day and provide food, liquid shelter and much-needed mechanical and emotional support, Bev was able to complete the trip one day quicker than planned – even with a mechanical failure which meant finishing the last 200 miles on a replacement, hybrid bike. Now that is impressive!
Bevan has one aim – to raise enough money to be able to fund the salary of a Nurse for an entire year. The target is £29,500 and at the time of writing, he is a little over £27,000 – meaning he is so close to achieving his target!
To donate to this cause, you can visit his fundraising page at MuchLoved and whilst Bev has finished his ride, donations are still so, so important – due to the Pandemic, Rennie Grove has not been able to gain funds from the shops and events that would usually account for much of their income, so this is vitally important for their continued care to their patients.
Each day throughout the ride, Steve, one of our Directors provided daily (or more often!) updates on progress which we have kindly uploaded to YouTube and placed them into a playlist for you to watch and enjoy – you can experience the highs, lows and the changeable weather as if you were there with them.