Mundford man’s charity bike ride for hospice which supported his wife

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:10 14 November 2017

Malcolm Quantrill presents a cheque to Charlie De-Moore from St Nicholas Hospice Care along with Colin Rands, Shaun Quantrill and Stewart Double. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice Care

Malcolm Quantrill presents a cheque to Charlie De-Moore from St Nicholas Hospice Care along with Colin Rands, Shaun Quantrill and Stewart Double. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice Care


A Norfolk man has completed an emotional charity bike ride which has raised thousands of pounds to help a charity close to his heart.

Yvonne Quantrill was supported by St Nicholas Hospice Care before her death aged just 60, following a cancer battle in March 2016.

In his wife’s memory Malcolm Quantrill, from Mundford, has held a number of fundraising events in aid of the Bury St Edmunds-based hospice.

Recently he completed a cycle ride from London to Paris - along with his son Shaun and friends Colin Rands and Stewart Double - and raised £8,793.

Mr Quantrill said: “With this ride we wanted to once again raise some funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care whose staff were excellent in their care for Yvonne in her last days after a four year battle against firstly bowel cancer and then liver cancer.

“We also wanted to raise funds because of their genuine concern for myself and my family at this time and also over the last year.”

The team began their 300 mile challenge on what would have been the couple’s wedding anniversary, September 13. They started from Crystal Palace, in south-east London, and ended at the Eiffel Tower.

From London they travelled to Dover so they could make their way to Calais, and then on to Abbeville La Belle and then Beauvais, following the River Somme out of Abbeville.

The final leg of their four day journey saw them cover the 60 mile distance from Beauvais to Paris, where they we able to admire their stunning surroundings and even have a spot of lunch by the River Seine.

They then followed the river through the suburbs until they reached Bois de Boulogne – the largest park in Paris. From there it was a short ride along the city’s famous boulevards to the Eiffel Tower.

Mr Quantrill has now raised a total of £13,057 for the hospice in memory of his wife through quizzes, cakes sales and a football match.

St Nicholas Hospice Care events fundraiser Charlie De-Moore said: “Completing a 300 mile cycle ride certainly isn’t an easy challenge and we are so grateful for the passion they have all shown for raising funds for the hospice.

“The money they have raised will make a big difference to the hospice and all of those in our care.”

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