Keen cyclist Sam Meadows biked 400 miles in tribute to his mother Sue who passed away at St Luke’s Hospice on 6 February. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as Sam’s Mum Sue was also a keen cyclist, Sam said “everywhere she went she’d be on her bike with her basket, whether it was shopping or visiting friends”

Speaking about where the idea of the challenge came from Sam said, “I was sitting on her bed talking the night she died about all the things we’d like to do in life. I do a lot of sport and endurance events for fun, but this time we decided I was going to do something for charity.”

The route was key to the challenge as the destinations chosen meant something to Sue. Precisely 400 miles was cycled over four days. Day one Sam was joined by his friend Chris who runs his own bike repair company in Doncaster. Both bike buddies spent seven hours cycling reaching 107 miles, visiting special places in Sandbach such as Sam’s family home, church, St Luke’s Hospice, Beeston Castle, Christie Hospital and Jodrell Bank.

Luckily there were minimal incidents along the way and Sam experienced only one puncture, which thankfully occurred just 1.5 miles from the end of the challenge.

Sam commented, “It was harder than you think, physically it’s hard but not exhausting, but it’s the getting up the next day, having breakfast then jumping back on the bike. It gave me plenty of time to look forward about where you were going next, have time to think about it, take it all in, great to bring memories flooding back. I would recommend bike ride to others in similar situation, much better than say just driving to these locations.”

The money raised was divided between four charities which were very close to Sue, as well as St Luke’s Hospice they included Barnardos, Macmillian and The Christie Hospital.

Prior to Sue being admitted to St Luke’s, she had previously received Complementary Therapies at the Hospice which included relaxation days, yoga, massages and make overs.

Sam added, “St Luke’s staff were fabulous, absolutely brilliant, very comforting and couldn’t have been any more lovely towards my Mum and our family.”

Angela Slack Corporate and Community Fundraiser said, “On behalf of everyone at the Hospice I’d like to say a thank you to Sam and his supporters for raising an amazing amount for St Luke’s. It costs £8,600 a day to run the Hospice and we appreciate all the hard work and hours you’ve put in.”

If you would like to fundraise for St Luke’s Hospice please contact Angela Slack on 01606 555697 or email anglea_slack@stlukes-hospice.co.uk