Victoria Coleman, Anthony McLarney, Tom McLarney and Rachel McLarney

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A fundraising family are getting in the saddle to raise money for a Whittington charity. Rachel McLarney’s mum Lesley was cared for by St Giles Hospice during her battle with lung cancer before her death in February. She will be taking part in the St Giles Cycle Ride on September 13 along with her father Anthony, brother Tom, uncle Tony Ward and close friends Victoria Coleman and Lindsay Daniels.
Victoria Coleman, Anthony McLarney, Tom McLarney and Rachel McLarney
“We’re taking part in this event as we’re all quite keen cyclists, and my dad and I often go out on bike rides together a couple times a week,” Rachel said. “We want to raise money for St Giles as we’ve seen first-hand the wonderful care the hospice provides. “People don’t always realise what they do, and they always think that hospices are horrible places, but St Giles provided such incredible support to my mum and the rest of the family. We really couldn’t have gone through it without them, so we want to be able to give something back.” The fundraising event has two routes – 25 miles and 63 miles. Last year, saw 300 cyclists take part, raising £26,000 for the charity. Rachel will take on the longer course and says the effort will be worthwhile to say thanks. “My mum received great care from St Giles during the final stage of her life,” she added. “She went into the hospice in January 2015 for a while, to keep her pain under control, then in her final weeks she was cared for by the Hospice at Home service, which was a huge help to all of us. “We collected money for St Giles at my mum’s funeral, but this is the first time we’re fundraising for them and we’re hoping to raise £250 on our JustGiving page.” People aged 16 and over can still take part in the St Giles Cycle Ride by visiting the website or calling 01543 432538.

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