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Sisters inspire Stephen’s mammoth cycle ride from Hull to Hannover

A CYCLIST took on a mammoth ride between two countries to raise money for the hospice which supported his two sisters after they were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Stephen Thomas, from Yorkshire, along with his son Jake, travelled an incredible 352 miles over five days from Hull to Hannover Town Hall in aid of Primrose Hospice.

The incredible challenge raised over £1,660 for the Bromsgrove-based hospice which provided care for Stephen’s two sisters, Carol and Mandy, after they were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Both are now in remission and were cheering their younger brother and nephew on while receiving constant updates from the pair.

The majority of the ride went smoothly, however, day four did test the pair with constant head wind and heavy rain.

“It was tiring each day and my left knee was hurting, I just kept thinking about my sisters and how it was a walk in the park compared to what they had both been through.

“That spurred me on and gave me the boost I needed.

“They both received amazing care from Primrose as do so many others.

“I wanted to show my appreciation and raise as much money as I could by doing this ride.”

Stephen, whose family originates from Batchley, said he was really pleased to complete the ride with his son Jake.

“Arriving at Hannover Town Hall, I was greeted by cheering friends and family with banners, but more importantly cold beer.

“It felt like a great achievement to have completed the ride.”

Emma Williams, Fundraising Manager at Primrose Hospice, said the money Stephen raised would help the hospice offer free care and support to people in north east Worcestershire.

“Stephen and his son Jake have raised an incredible amount of money during what must have been a really gruelling challenge.

“It was touching to learn that it was the care his sisters received at Primrose Hospice which prompted him to take on the Hull to Hanover ride.

“Stephen’s donation will ensure other people can access our services for free which includes day hospice, complementary therapies, clinic sessions, family support and more.”

Primrose Hospice must raise £1.75million annually to keep its services free for people with life-limiting conditions and their families living in north east Worcestershire.