Cycle Autumn – Cancelled
The dreadful impact of COVID-19 on our country and the fact that the number of people affected by the virus is increasing again is a worrying time for everybody.
The health and wellbeing of all our patients, their families, hospice visitors, volunteers, supporters and staff is our top priority. Through this incredibly difficult time, we have seen St Giles adapt and innovate to ensure we can keep supporting those that need us the most. However, our ability to raise funds continues to be extremely compromised.
In line with Government guidance we have eagerly been planning the reintroduction of our fundraising events programme, to provide an opportunity for supporters to engage with us as well as raise the much-needed funds to keep St Giles going at such a crucial time.
We are devastated to announce that due to the increasing number of infections and local restrictions, we have to cancel Cycle St Giles Autumn 2020.
Our fundraising team have done an incredible job at planning a COVID secure event and we were confident that we could, with extra measures in place, ensure the health and safety of every participant, volunteer and member of staff.
However, as a healthcare charity working with the most vulnerable in our society we have a duty to act in a socially responsible way at all times. With infection rates on the rise and additional restrictions being enforced we do not feel running a mass participation event is the right thing for us to do at this time – we are truly sorry.
This is not the first event we have had to cancel in 2020 but it was an event that offered St Giles a glimmer of hope that we would be able to start raising funds from our traditional fundraising activities again. The decision to once again cancel one of our biggest fundraising events has not been taken lightly, and given our current financial pressures it was a situation we hoped we would not have to be faced with.
Our disappointment and upset at having to make this decision is enormous, particularly as we know how hard some of you have worked to raise funds and train – and how difficult it is for us to have to cancel events knowing that being able to fundraise in this way is absolutely critical to our survival.
With that in mind, we are hoping all your hard work and dedication won’t go to waste and you join us for our free to enter virtual challenge, Miles 4 St Giles.
Understandably COVID-19 is the focus of lots of people’s attention, but we cannot forget that other people in our community are facing their own challenges and we must make sure that we are still here for them when they need us most. Thank you for your continued support.
To donate, please visit www.stgileshospice.com/donate
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Fundraising Team on 01543 432538.
What do I do if I was already registered?
If you have registered and paid for your place at Cycle St Giles Autumn 2020, you will shortly be receiving an email instructing you of how to inform us on how you would like to proceed. We can offer 3 options:
- Every cyclist with a place at Cycle St Giles Autumn 2020 can request the GPX links for each of the four routes and can still raise sponsorship and participate in the event at their own time and pace.
- If you choose not to participate, every cyclist can still kindly donate their place and any sponsorship raised to St Giles Hospice.
- Every cyclist who chooses not to take part in a virtual challenge (or is unable to do so) will be offered a refund of their 2020 entry fee or, if they are happy to, can kindly donate their place to St Giles Hospice.
We’re here for you… because you’re here for us
Phil Langham took part in his first Cycle St Giles event last September to thank staff for looking after his father-in-law before his death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He said: “I support St Giles Hospice because it’s such a lovely place. My father in law felt comfortable there and the staff were really good. They always did what they could to help and the nurses were brilliant, really attentive.”
Phil will be returning to ride at other cycling events for us and hopes you’ll join him.
He added: “I would definitely encourage people to take part in a cycling challenge for St Giles. It’s a great way to get some exercise and see the countryside and there’s a ride for people of all abilities – you can be as adventurous as you like!”