Landlord of Isleham’s Rising Sun pub, Patrick Pearce and 15 friends are planning a 144-mile charity cycle from Cambridge to Brighton.
They are hoping to raise £4,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) with their inspiration coming from Sarah and Craig Taylor of Pymoor, whose daughter, Lily-May, received support from the hospice before she died last year aged just four months after being diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder known as Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.
The cyclists, who all know the family, wanted to raise awareness and vital funds for Each and Patrick has been busy collecting money from his customers at the pub, which staged a quiz night on Friday and is planning a race night on March 3.
Sarah Taylor said: “Each has really helped us and fundraising is a great way for us to channel our grief and turn a terribly negative situation into a positive one. We visited the Each Milton hospice to find out about the services they could offer, but we never got to use them as Lily-May took a turn for the worse and needed palliative care. With the support of the Each True Colours team we were able to bring Lily-May home from hospital and we couldn’t have done it without them.”