Carol sadly died at Warwick Myton Hospice in February, and in lieu of flowers at her funeral the family asked for donations to Myton and the Aylesford Unit at Warwick Hospital where she had received Cancer treatment. £1,400 was collected to split between the two and a further £200 was raised selling Myton butterfly pin badges.
Jason explains: “Obviously we spent a lot of time in the Inpatient Unit. I saw the figure about a bed costing £535 a day and thought “I want to pay for mum’s stay” and that’s how it all started really. My mum was very much about paying her way and she never wanted to be a burden so it was nice to be able to raise the money.
“I was already at £920 from the funeral so decided to build on that. Most people have some kind of connection to Myton which I think makes them want to donate. The response has been amazing!”
From Caernarfon to Chepstow…
The Wales in a Day cycle saw Jason cycling from Caernarfon in the north of Wales to Chepstow in the south. The ride took over twelve hours, involved 15,000ft of climbing as well as plenty of sunshine and showers! Jason was joined by fellow members of the Warwick Lantern Rouge Cycle Club.
“A few of us entered the Wales in a Day ride. We’d done Coast to Coast together before which is from Cumbria to Whitby in a day – it’s around 150 miles which is the most I’d ever done before – and the same company organised the Wales ride which is 185 miles. I decided to try and get as much sponsorship as possible for Wales in a Day. The Myton Hospices Cycle Challenge was two weeks after Wales so I decided to do the 100-miler too to raise a bit more.”
Jason is no stranger to Myton events having completed our 100km Cycle Challenge route last year: “My mum and dad came to the Warwick Hospice to meet me at the end of the ride. Mum said how nice it was with the gardens and I think it reassured her. We knew her Cancer was terminal at that point but we hadn’t discussed what was going to happen. It was after that she decided what she wanted to do; this is where she wanted to be.”
A huge thank you…
We want to say a massive thank you to Jason, who has pedalled his way to raising a fantastic £5,892.91 for Myton! We look forward to seeing what else Jason and his bike will be up to in the future!
You can donate to Jason’s fundraising page by clicking here.