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FD undertakes sponsored cycle as part of 50k pledge

The funds will be used by Thames Hospice to support people with life-limiting illnesses through “high-quality” palliative and end-of-life care across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

A Berkshire funeral director cycled the distance between London and Brighton on a small Brompton bicycle as part of his funeral home’s five-year commitment to raise £50k for Thames Hospice.

Mark Clements, regional support manager of E Sargeant and Son Funeral Directors in Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, cycled 57 miles while stopping at “several” Funeral Partners funeral homes along the way.

It revealed the bike ride has so far raised £820 in sponsorships and Gift Aid donations through JustGiving, the online fundraising platform.

The funds will be used by Thames Hospice to support people with life-limiting illnesses through “high-quality” palliative and end-of-life care across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

Clements said: “This bike is iconic around London, where you’ll often see commuters folding them up into buses, trains and taxis. I thought it would make a great challenge to go further and try for over 50 miles.

“I visited the E Sargeant & Son funeral homes and their sister branches across a five-and-a-half hour ride, including Miles and Daughters Funeral Directors in Twyford and Richard Lloyd Funeral Services in Woodley.”

Jane Symmons, head of Major Gifts at Thames Hospice, added: “Funeral Partners has been generously supporting Thames Hospice for a number of years, and it is because of this ongoing partnership that we are both able to care for so many people in our communities.”

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