Challenge 17th & 18th May 2013

A golden opportunity to support people with cancer Make 2013 YOUR Year of Achievement

Amidst all the excitement of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was perhaps easy to forget about those people who faced a very different challenge – that of coming to terms with life-threatening illness. The thoughts of families with a loved one with cancer or other serious illness may well have been dominated, not by the Olympic Games, but by the prospect that these could be the last few weeks or months that they would spend together.

While the greatest show on earth unfolded, and we were enthralled by the incredible determination and achievements of the athletes, there were families in our local towns and villages who were coping instead with an exhausting and relentless schedule of hospital appointments, treatments and the agonizing wait for the results of blood tests and scans.

Now that 2012 has drawn to a close and the Olympics and Paralympics have been declared a resounding success, due in no small part to the contribution made by the volunteers, you may feel inspired to consider how you too could help local people in your area with life threatening conditions.

You can do so and make a difference for people within your own community by entering and raising money to support the work of The Brigitte Trust.

The Trust, which is a Surrey-based charity, has been providing free and regular emotional support and practical help to people with cancer and other cruel life threatening illnesses in Mid and East Surrey for over 30 years. Thanks to a new partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support our service is extending to support people also in North West Surrey.

Why don’t you take this opportunity and make a difference to more people in your community facing life threatening illness in 2013 by entering or supporting a family member, friend or colleague to enter our “150 Mile Charity Cycle Challenge?

You can register for the event on the Ride to Raise website www.ride2raise.co.uk and go to tab “Challenge” and Scroll Down events to The Brigitte Trust

Or for more information please call us on 01306 881816; E-mail brigittetrustadmin@btconnect.com or visit www.brigittetrust.org
About Our Service
When a family member is diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening illness it can be a lonely and frightening time. The Brigitte Trust offers a free volunteer service of emotional support and practical help at home. The service may also provide the family carer with a break, driving to medical or other appointments, shopping or just sitting quietly and listening.

People are referred to us mainly by local hospices, district and specialist nurses, GP’s and hospitals all of whom we work closely with. We welcome also self-referral and referral from family, friends, other voluntary organisations and churches.

As well as suffering life threatening illness many of those we support include the most vulnerable or isolated:
• 83% have cancer and others such illnesses as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinsons, MS, Stroke, Heart or Respiratory Conditions
• 78% are over 65, including 41% who are over 80 years of age
• 35% live alone
• 42% live with their main carers who are a similar elderly profile and are often also in poor health

• 11% have young children

We are very much a community organisation supporting local people, recruiting volunteers locally and raising most of our funding from the communities we serve.

The Event
The 150 mile route will take riders through the towns and villages where our service is or will become available:
Day 1: Departing 9:00 am from Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking riders will head up through North West Surrey before then heading towards Reigate, Lingfield with and overnight stay near Gatwick.
Day 2: Riders will head towards Horsham with a scenic return route to Guildford and on towards the finish at Box Hill at 4 pm and where you will be greeted by staff and volunteers from The Brigitte Trust, your families and friends as we celebrate the success of your ride

During the event you have the support of a ride manager and Range Rover support vehicle.

The event now in its 3rd year is made possible and is run on behalf of the charity by “Ride2Raise” who are experienced in managing these events to ensure riders are safe, supported and have a great experience.

Past riders have all immensely enjoyed our Cycle Challenges particularly that they were well supported, there is great team spirit and most of all that they were “Making a Difference”

Make 2013 Your Year of Achievement
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