Three days, three counties, three hospices – one epic fundraising cycle ride

Published on 01/03/2019

Cyclists of all abilities are being invited to set themselves a challenge by taking part in an epic 205-mile ride in aid of Children’s Hospice South West – and raise £1,000 for the charity.

This summer’s 11th annual Ride for Precious Lives takes place from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14 and registration for the popular sponsored cycle event is now open, limited to 125 riders.

The ride is route marked and will take cyclists from St Austell to Bristol, across three counties and calling in at the charity’s three hospices in Cornwall, North Devon and North Somerset.

Entry is £230, which includes food and hotel accommodation, printed ride jerseys and access to first aid and mechanical assistance from an experienced support crew over the three days.

CHSW events fundraiser Jayne Jarrett said:

“By registering to take part and pledging to raise £1,000 in sponsorship, you will not only be part of a very special weekend, but you’ll be directly supporting the work we do to help families make the most of short and precious lives across the South West.

This is one of our most popular challenge events and many who have taken part in the past return every year. It really is an exceptional event and incorporates breath-taking scenery and several hills.

Cyclists must be committed to riding between 65 and 80 miles each day, but the event is designed to offer a challenge to cyclists of all abilities, and as long as you start training early enough, even new cyclists can take part.

You will need a good level of fitness but our training plan offers some ideas to be event-ready. You can also download the route and incorporate some of the local sections in your training plan.

Cyclists who have taken part in Ride for Precious Lives have been inspired by the children and families they met along the way at our three hospices, together with the care team and family members that take part too – and it is this that makes it a truly unique cycle event and a must-do on any cyclist’s calendar.”

CHSW relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to support more than 500 children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and their families across the South West.

Since 2009, 835 cyclists have taken part in Ride for Precious Lives, raising nearly £1million (£869,000) for the charity.

Clevedon-based global engineering company Edwards Vacuum (part of the Atlas Copco Group) is supporting the event as headline sponsor for the seventh year.

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To take part in Ride for Precious Lives, visit or join the Facebook event.