Former Padiham man cycles 282 miles in tribute to his wife

TEAM EFFORT: Cyclists Stephen Simm, Carl Lee, Jon Hobbs and Arthur Needham complete their bike ride from Rowans Hospice in Fareham, Hampshire to Pendleside Hospice.
TEAM EFFORT: Cyclists Stephen Simm, Carl Lee, Jon Hobbs and Arthur Needham complete their bike ride from Rowans Hospice in Fareham, Hampshire to Pendleside Hospice.

A MAN who was born in Padiham cycled from his home in Hampshire to Pendleside Hospice as a tribute to his late wife.

Mr Stephen Simm led a gruelling 282-mile bike ride from South to North starting from The Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville where his wife Anne was treated during a four-year battle against a brain tumour. She died in May last year.

Cyclists Steve Simm, Carl Lee, Jon Hobbs and Arthur Needham complete their bike ride from Rowans Hospice in Fareham, Hampshire to Pendleside Hospice.'Ben Parsons

Cyclists Steve Simm, Carl Lee, Jon Hobbs and Arthur Needham complete their bike ride from Rowans Hospice in Fareham, Hampshire to Pendleside Hospice.'Ben Parsons

Mr Simm was joined by Carl Lee, Jon Hobbs and Arthur Needham for the sponsored bike ride with David Simm as the support driver. The group raised £3,120 which will be split between the two hospices.

The team were greeted by nurses and staff at Pendleside at the end of their mammoth journey.

Lisa Riding, hospice fund-raiser, said: “Congratulations to all the team. What an achievement. You should all be very proud of yourselves. The funds you’ve raised will allow us to continue caring for people in the local community with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.”

The fund-raising continued into the evening at Padiham Football Club where friends and family of the team celebrated their efforts. A game of stand-up bingo and raffle helped boost the final total.

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