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Son rides to Paris in memory of his mother

  • Published date
    14/07/2014
  • Author
    North London Hospice
  • Category
    North London Hospice

Steve Ajayi from Essex took the brave step to saddle up on his bike after almost twenty years of not cycling, to ride 500km for the Hospice. Steve embarked on the London to Paris bike ride earlier this month, cycling over four days to raise funds for the Hospice in memory of his mother Roseline who lost her battle with cancer over a year ago.

Steve said: “The palliative community care team at North London Hospice cared for my mum in her last two days with us, after she was released from North Middlesex Hospital. Although she was never admitted to the Hospice,  she was cared for by nurses, doctors and staff from the community team all of which attended my  mum’s home over her final two days.  I can’t thank them enough. They were extremely caring, professional, supportive and sympathetic to my mum’s needs and dignity. The Hospice provided us with support and realistic expectations and were prompt to arrive and didn’t let us down on their pre-scheduled appointments. We greatly appreciate all they did for my mother and our family at the most difficult time in my life.”

Steve started his training regime in May of this year. Cycling every other day, going to the gym and eating a balanced diet.

“I wanted to mark the first anniversary of my mum passing away and give a special tribute to her memory. I wanted to do something amazing and challenging which in the process would raise much-needed funds for the Hospice and help other families who may find themselves in this situation in the future.”

With the support of all his friends and family who all rallied round him sponsoring him, organizing fundraising events for his bike ride Steve has raised over £1,985 to date.

“The most challenging part of the ride was the sequence of uphill climbs in France. I recommend anyone considering this ride to make sure they train for hills so they can cope with the ones in France, ensuring they enjoy the cycle ride and cope with consecutive days on the saddle.”

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