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Cyclist sets out on 120-mile ride to raise money for Greenwich and Bexley Hospice charity

PUBLISHED: 16:50 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:21 14 September 2016

Robin Stephens is getting ready to cycle 120 miles

Robin Stephens is getting ready to cycle 120 miles

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The charity was set up in memory of an ambulance technician from Bexleyheath

A cyclist is travelling 120 miles from Salisbury to Danson Park to raise money for a charity set up in memory of a long-serving ambulance technician from Bexleyheath.

Robin Stephens, 56, will set off from Salisbury Cathedral on September 17 to raise money for Andi’s Gift, which aims to create memories for patients and families who need to use The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

The charity was set up by relatives of Andrea White, who spent four months of her life in the hospice and shared her falconry birthday present with a fellow patient in the hours before he died.

Mr Stephens, who lived in Sidcup until he was five, told the Bexley Times he was looking forward to the bike ride.

“It is a bit of a challenge,” he said. “I did a training ride of 104 miles on Sunday, so I should be able to do it now.

“I did a similar ride with work colleagues last April, where there were quite a few of us. This one is just myself, with a couple of friends doing the beginning and end sections.

“My wife works with Andi’s mother at Salisbury Hospital. Her mother is a very good friend of ours, and this seemed like something we could do to help.”

Money raised for the charity so far has enabled the falconer to return to the hospice twice to share his birds of prey with patients and their families.

A harpist has spent an afternoon at the hospice, while families have been able to enjoy an evening of fireworks at Dansen Park.

Mr Stephens, who works as an Oceanographer, said the response to his sponsored bike ride had been ‘pretty good’.

“We are just above £1,000 at the moment. We are pleased with that, but we want to raise as much as we can. We have had about 60 people donating.”

To sponsor the ride, visit www.gofundme.com/2fhsrgyc

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