Mike Wallace Takes on Tour de Four: Cycling for a Cause

Mike Wallace, our Commercial Operations Manager, has recently taken on an cycling challenge to support Halton Haven Hospice. Mike embarked on a tough yet inspiring journey, cycling across four countries in just four days. This impressive feat was aimed at raising much-needed funds for Halton Haven Hospice.

Mike Wallace, our Commercial Operations Manager, has recently taken on an cycling challenge to support Halton Haven Hospice.

Mike embarked on a tough yet inspiring journey, cycling across four countries in just four days. This impressive feat was aimed at raising much-needed funds for Halton Haven Hospice.

  • Route: Canterbury to Bruges, then on to Grobbendonk, Vianen, and finally Amsterdam.
  • Distance: Approximately 340 miles, with over 80 miles of cycling each day!

 

About Halton Haven Hospice

Halton Haven Hospice provides specialist care, free of charge, to individuals in Halton and the surrounding areas who are facing end-of-life or life-limiting conditions. Celebrating 40 years of compassionate care in 2024, the hospice has faced significant challenges due to the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis. Every donation makes a substantial impact, ensuring the hospice can continue its incredible work.

The Journey

Mike was one of 26 participants, ranging from experienced cyclists to those who hadn’t ridden a bike in over twenty years. The group included riders of all ages, with the youngest in their early thirties and the oldest in their seventies. Each participant had a personal connection to the hospice, making this journey even more meaningful.

Here’s a breakdown of Mike’s four-day cycling adventure:

  • Day 1: Canterbury to Dover, Ferry to Dunkirk, Dunkirk to Bruges (79 miles)
    • The journey started with sunny weather from Canterbury to Dover, but it poured rain from Dunkirk to Bruges. Mike arrived at the hotel by 7pm.
  • Day 2: Bruges to Grobbendonk (89 miles)
    • The day began with rain but cleared up as the ride progressed. Mike reached the hotel just before 7pm.
  • Day 3: Grobbendonk to Vianen (94 miles)
    • Mostly dry with a few showers, the last 20 miles were particularly challenging due to a strong headwind. Mike arrived around 7pm.
  • Day 4: Vianen to Amsterdam (79 miles)
    • A dry day with some sunshine. Mike reached Amsterdam by 6pm, navigating the chaotic cycling environment of the city.

 

Reflections from Mike

Reflecting on his journey, Mike shared, “I met an awesome bunch of people who I cycled 340 miles with, over four days, across four countries. We had every kind of weather going and plenty of challenges along the way, but we all made it to the finish line. The best bit? We’ve raised a load of money for Halton Haven Hospice! Thanks for everyone’s support and generosity, it’s much appreciated!”

Impact and Donations

Mike’s efforts have been remarkable, raising £2,409 towards the cause. Collectively, the group has raised over £70,000, which is an incredible achievement.

We would like to congratulate Mike and thank him for taking on this challenge, representing Rennicks, dedicating himself to the training, and raising vital funds for the Hospice. On behalf of Mike and the Hospice, we’d also like to thank everyone who supported Mike and generously donated.

Halton Haven Hospice is one of two charities we proudly support, and we are honoured to contribute to their mission of providing compassionate care.

For more information about Halton Haven Hospice, visit Halton Haven Hospice.

If you wish to contribute, please click here.

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