Charity Cycle Ride Raises Thousands for Palliative Care Hub

Members of GS Henley Cycling Club have raised over £2,000 for Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire with their second annual charity ride in memory of a much-loved former club member.

The Graeme Taylor Ride saw over 50 participants from across South Oxfordshire saddle up and tackle one or more 55km loops around the edge of the Chilterns starting and finishing at Henley Rugby Club.

The annual event pays tribute to former club member and avid cyclist, Graeme Taylor, who received expert care and support from the Wallingford-based palliative care hub before he died in early 2021.

Alex Chart, a GS Henley member who was involved in organising the ride, which is held close to what would have been Graeme’s birthday each year, said: “Graeme was a big part of the cycling club who was passionate about making sure everyone – whether an experienced or novice cyclist – could get involved.

“When he passed away, restrictions meant that as a club we weren’t able to honour him in the way that we wanted to, so we set about organising this annual friendly, open-to-all, charity cycle. Something I know Graeme would have supported.”

On the day a team from Henley Cycles were on hand at the start line to provide any last minute bike maintenance from tweaks to gears to tyre checks. The ride was followed by refreshments, a cake sale and a raffle at the rugby club.

In total £2,282.49 was raised, which will help Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire to continue to be there when it matters for local people going through the most difficult times of their lives.

“We had such a great turn out on the day and as a club we’re thrilled to have raised this amount for a cause which is so close to our hearts,” said Alex. “We hope the funds raised will help others to get the vital care and support they need at the end of their lives.”

Meghan Bentley, Community Fundraiser at the hub, said: “Congratulations to the members of GS Henley for organising another brilliant event to celebrate and remember the life of Graeme – we’re so grateful for their support. As a charity we’re reliant on generous supporters donating and fundraising for us so we can continue to provide the expert and compassionate care we are so well known for.”