Ipswich mum Christina Wise backs London to Paris bike ride for St Elizabeth Hospice

Christina Wise, from Ipswich, took on the London to Paris challenge in memory of her husband, Andy,

Christina Wise, from Ipswich, took on the London to Paris challenge in memory of her husband, Andy, who was cared in the inpatient unit at St Elizabeth Hospice for nine weeks in 2014. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE - Credit: Archant

Ipswich mother-of-two Christina Wise whose husband was cared for at St Elizabeth Hospice has urged others to take on a London to Paris bike ride.

A limited number of places are still available for the challenge, which raises funds for the hospice. It sees a team of hospice supporters embark on the 300- mile cycle ride, setting off from London on September 19 and arriving in the French capital five days later.

Mrs Wise, 43, entered the bike ride in memory of her husband Andy, who was cared for in the hospice’s inpatient unit for nine weeks in 2014.

She said: “When I started the little adventure I was not in a great place. My wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday were coming up and it was the first time I had been away from my children in 18 months. However I came home with a totally different outlook and the future does not seem so daunting anymore.

“We were all strangers when we began the ride but, over the four days, we all bonded in one way or another, whether that was sharing our stories and connection to the hospice, having lunch together or helping each other out on the road.

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“St Elizabeth Hospice was my second family for nine weeks when my husband was poorly and couldn’t remain at home. What we did for the hospice was amazing.”

An information evening takes places at the hospice on Wednesday, March 8.

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For more details, call 01473 707026 or email fundraising@stelizabethhospice.org.uk

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