Winchcombe to Holland Cycle Ride

Holland bikesAnkie Bourne, from Winchcombe just outside Cheltenham, is planning a 260 mile bike ride to her home village of Hilvarenbeek, Holland in July 2016.

After her little boy Sam became ill with Pyloric Stenosis when he was a baby, Ankie was keen to give something back to the hospital that helped him. Ankie says “The Hospitals Charity is a cause very close to my heart. Three years ago our baby boy Sam suddenly became ill and needed an operation. We experienced the best care at the Children's Centre in Gloucester hospital, and Sam made a full recovery.”

“That experience taught me the simple things make a huge difference; camp beds, so parents can stay with their children; breast pumps so mums can keep feeding their babies; and sensory equipment to amuse and distract poorly little people.”

After thinking about all the ways in which she could raise money the idea of the cycle ride was born. A challenge that would be difficult for even the most experience cyclist, Ankie and her friends are, in their own words, “five crazy people with a crazy idea to support our local hospital: a 260 mile whistle-stop ride from Winchcombe to Holland in 72 hours - more than 80 miles a day”

All money raised from their efforts will be going to the Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, the department that treated Sam, and supported Ankie back in 2012. Ankie herself said the “staff were brilliant and really helped us through it” and so is keen to give back to the department.

If you would like to know more about Ankie’s adventures, or would like to donate to her cause all of the details can be found on her Virgin Money Giving page.

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