Get on your bike for Marie Curie Tommy Godwin Cycle Challenge - The Solihull Observer

Get on your bike for Marie Curie Tommy Godwin Cycle Challenge

Solihull Editorial 8th Aug, 2022   0

SOLIHULL residents inspired by the cycling in the Commonwealth Games 2022 still has time to sign up for the Tommy Godwin Cycle Challenge which is returning to the region on 18th September 2022.

The event will raise vital funds for end of life charity, Marie Curie who provide essential care and support for people with any terminal illness and their loved ones.

Tommy Godwin from Solihull was a legendary GB cyclist who won two Olympic bronze cycling medals in the 1948 Olympic Games in London; the Men’s 1,000m time trial and Team Pursuit.

He also went on to win a bronze medal in 1950 in Auckland, New Zealand in what is now the Commonwealth Games.

Tommy died in November 2012 at the age of 92 and was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

Kay Jones, Tommy’s daughter who lives in Knowle said: “It has been amazing to have the Commonwealth Games 2022 taking place in the West Midlands and we are hoping anyone inspired by the cycling events will sign up for our cycle challenge which has three routes to cater for all abilities on 18th September.

“The Hospice cared for my dad, so we set up this event in 2013 in his memory and to raise vital funds. So far, we have raised over £120,000 to help care for local people in our community”

Sarah Wells, medical director at the Marie Curie hospice said: “The Tommy Godwin Cycle Challenge is a pivotal event for our Hospice so we are excited it is taking place again this year.

“Donations from this event will ensure our staff can continue to provide expert hands-on care but they will also fund our family teams to provide much needed emotional support to patients and their loved ones.”

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