Christmas came a little early to Cynthia Spencer Hospice last week when some of the Northampton Saints team popped in to visit patients and staff.
Players Tom Wood, Ethan Waller and Sam Dickinson were among those who dropped by to share tea and cake with some of the patients and staff at the day hospice and to deliver a cheque for £1,000 for Cycle 4 Cynthia, the annual bike ride which raises money for the hospice and in which a number at the club have ridden over the years.
Leading the visit was team manager Paul Shields who was clearly moved by the whole experience.
“Many of us have pedalled in the ride and thoroughly enjoyed it so we just wanted to make a donation to support the invaluable work that goes on here,” explained Paul.
“But it’s only when you see such a place first hand that you appreciate just how amazing the staff and volunteers are in providing such incredible care.
“It was wonderful to see the patients engage so positively with our boys and to know that, just by calling in and having a chat, we perhaps made a little difference. As a cause, Cynthia Spencer is very dear to us and we will continue to support it,” he added.
Among those patients delighted to see the players was Julie, who took the opportunity to ‘rib’ prop Ethan Waller over the club’s stuttering start to the season, much to the amusement of day hospice manager, Jo Hughes.
“It’s been absolutely wonderful to have the lads take the time to chat to our patients and they clearly got a massive buzz from seeing them,” said Jo.
“Their spirits were lifted immensely and I only hope that the ticking off that Julie gave Ethan won’t put them off coming back as we’d love to see them again,” she added.
Cycle 4 Cynthia is the annual fundraising bike ride which raises money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice. In September, an amazing 1132 riders leapt into their saddles to pedal more than 45,000 miles around the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside on routes of 5, 25 and 50 miles.
Riders who have not yet done so are kindly encouraged to collect their sponsorship money as quickly as possible and deliver or send it to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Manfield Campus, Kettering Road, Northampton NN3 6NP, making cheques payable to ‘Cycle 4 Cynthia’.
Details of next year’s event have not yet been unveiled but anyone wishing to take part, either as a cyclist, sponsor or volunteer - is encouraged to visit www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk in the spring, to ‘like’ the facebook page or to call the Hospice on 01604 678088 for more information.