Dacorum cyclists saddle up to raise vital cash for charities

A team of 36 cyclists raised more than �45,000 for the Hospice of St Francis by cycling from London to Paris.

A team of 36 cyclists raised more than �45,000 for the Hospice of St Francis by cycling from London to Paris.

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A man who cycled from London to Paris with a team supporting the Hospice of St Francis has called the challenge the most mindblowing experience of his life – aside from marriage and children.

Anthony Fogden, 51, of Highfield, was one of 36 bikers pedalling for the Northchurch-based hospice, which provides care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The team raised a record £45,000 by taking on the tough 300-mile journey.

Father -of-three Anthony said: “To think you’ve ridden 300 miles and hopefully changed someone’s end-of-life experience is something I’ll never forget. We all know the amazing work the Hospice does and it makes us all very proud of what we’ve done.”

Anthony was completing the ride in memory of his dad, who died of cancer last year.

Ann Kelly, a nurse on the in-patient unit at the hospice, is the oldest member of the cycling team at 68.

She said: “I love working at the Hospice and I just wanted to do something to help them. The whole experience was absolutely amazing and has left me with a great sense of achievement which I’ll treasure forever.”

> Another pair of cyclists have also taken on the London to Paris challenge to raise more than £1,200 for another charity, the British Heart Foundation.

John Kent and George Loosely, of Bovingdon, were riding in a separate race in memory of John’s baby son Reece, who died of a rare heart condition in 1997. George’s father also had life-saving heart surgery.

You can still sponsor the pair, who are both involved with Bovingdon football club, at justgiving.com/teams/boviebikersLondontoParis.