Cycling CEO chases sun for hospice funds

The CEO of St Peter’s Hospice has completed a gruelling cycling trek across the country to raise money for Bristol’s only adult hospice

On one of the hottest days of the year so far Simon Caraffi and his team cycled 205 mile from East to West across England, starting at sunrise on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent and arriving at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset at 8.25pm, a total of 15 hours 46 minutes in the saddle.

The team of four – including Simon’s son Alex and his friend Ross, and Simon’s future son-in-law Guy – were taking part in the Chase the Sun challenge, cycling the width of England on 17 June, the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.

“The weather was glorious, the whole way across some beautiful countryside, and we all enjoyed the challenge” said Simon.

“The top moment was probably a fast descent down a completely empty Cheddar Gorge at about 7.30pm on our way to meeting our families at Burnham. Our support crew of my wife Michele and daughter Anna were essential to our success.”

Simon is raising money for St Peter’s Hospice, which requires £19,000 per day to provide care to people with life-limiting illnesses in Bristol.

“Thank you to all who supported,” said Simon. “Thanks to people’s generosity the sponsorship is now at £5,424, including gift aid and cash donations.”

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