Kesgrave sisters cycling 10k at Kesgrave Bell Inn pub for St Elizabeth Hospice and ‘brave’ granddad
Two Kesgrave sisters are taking on the challenge of their life in memory of their “brave” granddad.
Maisie and Demi Jones, aged 13 and 10, are cycling 10k on exercise bikes at the Kesgrave Bell Inn pub next week and hope to raise hundreds of pounds for St Elizabeth Hospice.
Their granddad, John Jones, spent his final months at the hospice in Foxhall Road, Ipswich. He died from cancer aged 68 in August 2014.
Kesgrave High School pupil Maisie said: “I used to think that it was unfair and I wished that a huge hug would help get rid of the cancer but, obviously, that’s not enough.
“(So) the hospice is something quite close to my heart. My granddad was a brave man who fought cancer over a long period of time. St Elizabeth Hospice helped him to have a happier, comfier last months of his priceless life.
“I was pleased that my granddad stayed there because it felt so homely and my family and I never felt rushed or uncomfortable when visiting.
“The staff were so caring and were very reassuring when it came to some of Granddad’s down days.
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“In return I want to raise as much money as possible in hope that the donations will be enough to help another person in need of the care that my granddad was able to receive.”
The bike ride takes place from 1-6pm on Sunday August 28. The pub is also hosting a family fun day and live music, including an Elvis impersonator.
Maisie added: “I am really looking forward to it. I really like cycling and I am quite confident we can do it.”
The 10-person fundraising team will also include family and friends.
Younger sister Demi, a pupil at Cedarwood Primary School in Kesgrave, said: “We have been biking to Tesco Martlesham and back to help train for it.
“It is going to be a fun challenge. Granddad meant a lot to me and I hope we can raise lots of money.”
Mum Michelle Jones said she is “really proud” of her daughters for coming up with the idea.
The 34-year-old said: “Their granddad, and my father-in-law, is very much missed.
“He was generous, kind, had a sense of humour. He would do anything for anyone.”
Nikki Brown, senior partnerships fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “I would like to thank Maisie and Demi for arranging this fantastic fundraising event in memory of their granddad, as well as those who are supporting them with the challenge.
“Without fundraising events such as this, St Elizabeth Hospice couldn’t run their services and provide vital care and support to more than 2,000 local people living with a progressive illness as well as their families and carers.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michelle-jones74.