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This June, our Co-Director Julian Ferrier is excited to don the cycling shorts and head to Italy, taking on some classic rides in order to raise vital funds for Bury Hospice.
Bury Hospice provides holistic care services to cater for the physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social needs of patients, families and carers, with the aim to give patients the best possible quality of life.
“The support of Bury Hospice is relied upon by so many throughout our region, and the work they do is so important,” says Julian. “I’ve been raising money for the hospice since 1994, when I ran the London Marathon and ticked off the first item on what was to become quite a long list! I know that its role in the community, providing support to those who need it the most, is crucial. It’s a charity that’s incredibly dear to my heart, and I’m looking forward to heading out on the bike to raise awareness of the hospice’s mission, and to raise some money for them, too.
“I’ll be travelling over to Italy in early June to complete some rides that are considered ‘Monuments’ in the world of cycling. I’ve done many cycling trips in Europe before, however this one will be a little bit different. There will be eight days of riding, but two of those will be especially difficult and will involve me taking on two Monument races. Unlike the Tour de France, as an example, which is a three-week stage race, these are one-day races that are longer and harder than any individual day of a stage race. I’m planning to cycle the Il Lombardia, and the Milan-San Remo (The Spring Classic), which is the longest professional one-day race in modern cycling. The total distance I’ll be aiming to cover is 1,048.27km; a big challenge, but one I am excited to take on!
“I’ve been training hard over the last few months in order to be able to give it my absolute best in completing these challenges. I’ll be heading off with a group who will be raising funds for Bolton Lads’ & Girls’ Club – another amazing charity that does extraordinary work for young people with various life challenges in Bolton, providing them with a safe haven.
“I understand that we are in challenging times and many have only just recovered from the long drawn-out effects of the pandemic, so I realise I am asking a lot of people, but if anyone can afford to donate, even a small amount, that would be absolutely brilliant.
“I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on my progress, and I can’t wait to report back with a final amount raised once the challenge is complete!”
To donate to Julian’s fundraiser, please visit his JustGiving page.