Three brave challengers ran and cycled over 200 miles between six hospices across the UK in just five days – raising over £12,000 for their epic feat, part of which will be donated to Shooting Star Chase.
Bryony Collingwood, Paul Joyce and Darren Flick undertook the H2H6 (Hospice 2 Hospice 6) challenge from Friday 13th March to Tuesday 17th March to fundraise for the six hospices that were all part of their route. They began their journey at Myton Hospice in Rugby, stopped at Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Trinity Hospice, the Children’s Trust, our hospices in Hampton and Guildford – and finished at Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.
On the fourth day of the challenge the participants had already cycled 100 miles and ran three marathons from the midlands before they arrived at Shooting Star House. After a warm welcome, an ice bath and a good feed at our Hampton-based hospice, they set off for our other hospice, Christopher’s in Guildford, riding a total of 20 miles to get there.
The H2H6 challengers were joined by friends, colleagues and family along the 200 mile route, who ran and cycled with them for support. Head of Community and Challenge Events, Mike Hey, cycled with them for the 20 mile stretch from Hampton to Guildford and said:
“To spend five days running four marathons and cycling 120 miles is truly remarkable and Bryony, Paul and Darren should be extremely proud of their amazing achievement – they really are superheroes! I know they have all been touched by the work of the hospices involved – Paul in particular helped establish Shooting Star Hospice in the early days – and we feel honoured to be one of their chosen beneficiaries.”
Paul Joyce, 46 who lives in Tolworth, said: “Despite all adversities (and there were many), we’ve run four marathons and cycled 120 miles in five days for six amazing hospices. We couldn’t have done it without everyone who took part, cheered us on and donated – meeting some the hospice staff and affected children and families on our journey really inspired us.
“I helped raise the very first few pounds that kick-started Shooting Star House, and have shared in its transition from collecting tins, to bricks and mortar, and now the most fantastic facility for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families. So the work they do makes it all worth it. Here’s to the next challenge!”
If you fancy doing something extraordinary to raise money for Shooting Star Chase visit our challenge events page and check out what we have planned!