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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Your chance to travel the world and raise money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice in 2013

St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice is looking for fundraisers to take part in next year's London to Paris cycle ride

St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice is inviting intrepid adventurers to take part in two once-in-a-lifetime oversees fundraising challenges.

If you've looking for the opportunity to do something truly amazing and support an invaluable local cause, then this is your chance.

The Winsford hospice is looking to assemble two teams of fundraisers to take part in a London-Paris cycle ride from 3-7 July, and a Sahara Desert trek and community project from 19-26 October in 2013.

Liz Wells, St Luke’s Fundraising Events Co-Ordinator, explains: “The London to Paris charity cycle is a great experience and a fabulous challenge.

“Cycling over 5 days you will cover nearly 500km from the heart of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“A challenge like this is not just about distances covered and start and finishing points, the bike ride is about group effort, friendship and more importantly spirit.

“Charity treks and cycles bring together a vast array of people from many different back grounds, each with their own reasons for taking up the challenge and fundraising stories. Over the five days you’ll meet like minded people, swap stories and ideas and find new friends all while completing a truly wonderful cycle ride.

“The physical side of the trip is sometimes a worry for people who may not have cycled much before signing up or who believe themselves to be out of shape but each ride is designed to ensure that everyone can take part and everyone completes what they started.

“With some ground work covered at home before the trip you will be more than capable of achieving the distances covered each day and the group spirit will certainly keep you going if times get hard.”

Then in October, the Sahara Trek and community project is a truly unique opportunity to support the Cheshire hospice and the children of Africa.

Liz adds: “This is an amazing opportunity. Participants will experience the stunning landscape of the Sahara desert as you drive and then trek through this inhospitable yet enigmatic environment, getting to know the life of the nomadic tribes which still wander with their camel trains across the lonely lunaresque dunes.

“Each night you will have the chance to sleep under the stars (weather permitting!), eat incredible food cooked in the traditional Berber way and fall asleep to the sound of the crackling campfire and the gentle snores of the camels.

“Then after your trek, spend two days helping on a range of tasks at a street children project which aims to restore broken links between children and their families, provide support in the form of shelter, clothing and food; social reintegration and much more.

“The project is based in Marrakesh and there are many activities you could be involved in during your time helping there such as painting a shelter, decorating, meeting the children and teaching basic English and so on.

“Your help will go a long way to improving the lives of the children and you will leave feeling as if you have really made a difference.”

If you’re keen to get involved  in the London to Paris Cycle Ride or the Sahara Trek and Community Project or to find out more, contact Liz Wells at St Luke’s Hospice on 01606 555816 or email: liz_wells@stlukes-hospice.co.uk.

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