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Adam taking on cycle challenge in late father’s memory
A charitable cyclist will be undertaking a 60-mile challenge as he raises funds in memory of his ‘inspirational’ Dad.
Adam Driver will be testing out his pedal power when he climbs into the saddle on Sunday, 1 July, to take part in St Nicholas Hospice Care’s 60-mile cycle challenge The Edge.
Adam, 32, is hoping to raise more than £1,000 for the charity, which supported his father Trevor Driver, who passed away after battling kidney cancer aged 65 in June of last year.
He said: “Last March, my Dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and to say it had a devastating effect on all of us would be an understatement.
“His cancer was very aggressive and his health rapidly declined. Three months after he was diagnosed, he sadly passed away.
“Dad was our inspiration. He cared for the whole family, especially for our late mother – as primary carer – for the last ten years. Everything he did was for all of us, and he always took things on with a big smile on his face.”
After Trevor’s diagnosis, Adam and his family were supported by the hospice, which cares for those across West Suffolk and Thetford with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.
Adam said: “The hospice couldn’t have been more supportive, not just of Dad, but of all of us. As a family, they have been there for me, my sister, my grandmother, my wife and my sister’s partner, and it wasn’t just during Dad’s illness that we were supported.
“They have been so helpful since he passed away and that’s been so important. Personally, I have found the bereavement services offered by the hospice extremely useful.
“The hospice were there when we needed them; they have kept in touch and have always been available, even as a listening ear. The hospice team are amazing and I cannot express how much respect we have for each and every person who works there.”
With the event sponsored by SKODA Bury St Edmunds part of the Vindis Group, Adam will join fellow Edge participants to complete a specially selected route, which traces the hospice’s catchment area, offering beautiful views of the Suffolk countryside.
Starting and finishing at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, the circular route will see cyclists’ first head towards Thurston, continuing to Walsham le Willows, Finningham, Old Newton, Wetherden, Buxhall, Hitcham, Monks Eleigh, Little Waldingfield, Lavenham, Cockfield and Rushbrooke.
Adam said: “I have undertaken a few challenges before and I am looking forward to this one. I think it will be a very special event. Not only will I be doing it to help support the hospice, I will be able to keep Dad in my thoughts and know the money raised will help others.”
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You can still sign up and take part in The Edge, with places costing £20. All riders will receive a free snood and a medal at the finish. You can register for the challenge and find out more by searching for ‘The Edge’ on the hospice’s website www.stnicholashospice.org.uk