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PEDAL POWER RAISES £30,000 FOF THE J’S HOSPICE

5th May 2015

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With funds still coming in, the sixth annual Pedal for The J’s charity cycling event in Chelmsford on Sunday 3rd May has raised £30,000 for The J’s Hospice, which provides hospice care, respite and support to young adults with life limiting conditions and life threatening illnesses. As the main sponsor of the event, Beaulieu, the exciting new development underway on the outskirts of the city, had a team of 16 cyclists taking part, and the team’s fundraising total will be matched by Countryside, the joint developer behind the scheme with L&Q.

The Beaulieu Team was one of the largest teams taking part and in total over 800 people of all ages completed the 15, 35 and 50 mile course, impressive considering the inclement weather! Starting and ending at Admiral’s Park and taking in some of Essex’s most beautiful scenery, the event helped raise an impressive amount for the local hospice care provider.

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside said:

“The Pedal for the J’s was a huge success as always, and it was great to see the local community getting involved and cheering everyone on. We were delighted to be sponsoring this year’s event, and very proud of our team of keen cyclists for both their pedalling and fundraising efforts.

“An event like the Pedal for the J’s is great way to motivate and encourage people to get active and support their community and the fantastic work of The J’s Hospice. We are proud to be continuing our support of the hospice, with our sponsorship of the Chelmsford Marathon later in the year.”

Stuart Hornsby, Chief Executive at The J’s Hospice, comments: “We were thrilled with the turn-out and support we got at our sixth Pedal event. It’s great to know that the local community want to support us, and we are delighted with the money raised – it will really help us continue to provide the care and support our patients and their families need and rely on us for. We are delighted that Beaulieu has extended its support as our sponsor for the Marathon and we are looking forward to working with them to make it another successful and fun event.”

Due to be launched this summer, Beaulieu is set to make a huge impact on Chelmsford, bringing new homes and community facilities, including schools, shops, health and enhanced transport connections to the area. Residents at Beaulieu will have a range of amenities on their doorstep reducing the need for car travel and a network of cycleways and footpaths to encourage healthy lifestyles.

The J’s Hospice provides hospice care in the home for young adults throughout Essex. Due to improvements in medical care and technology, the population of young adults with life limiting conditions is growing. But at 16 years old, these patients have outgrown children’s services and need age appropriate care and support.The J’s Hospice team provides hospice, medical, nursing and respite care for patients, carers and their families. They also provide emotional and bereavement support. The long term aim is to build a stand-alone hospice building in Essex.

Information correct at time of publication.