On Wednesday 7 July, local cyclists from Kings Hill Wheelers challenged themselves to explore Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade on two wheels to continue their support for Heart of Kent Hospice. Kings Hill Wheelers has supported Heart of Kent Hospice for over four years and has raised thousands of pounds cycling the Kent countryside in honour of relatives of club members that were cared for by the Hospice.
Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade, brought to Maidstone by a collaboration between Heart of Kent Hospice, Wild in Art, Andersen Press and Official Presenting Partner Westerhill Homes – welcomes visitors to explore the streets, parks and river path of the County town, to discover 51 unique large and 31 Elmer sculptures.
Mat McLoughlin, Chairman of Kings Hill Wheelers CC said: “Sadly we have lost relatives of friends from the club, who all received outstanding care from Heart of Kent Hospice. As a club we had to do something to say thank you. So, four years ago we decided to do what we do best, we took to our bikes and set off on a fundraising journey to raise money and awareness about the great work of the Hospice. With the launch of Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade this presented us with another unique cycling challenge, where we could help spread the word about the invaluable work of the Hospice.”
Since 2018, the Maidstone Wheelers have embarked on many cycle rides, raising over £3,000 for Heart of Kent Hospice. This has predominantly been supported by the club sponsors, which include Arden BMW, Centrum, David Lloyd, Hitzinger, Kings Hill Properties, Liberty Property Trust, and Perrys.
Emma Greenwood, Community Events Fundraiser for Heart of Kent Hospice said: “We can’t thank Kings Hill Wheelers CC enough for their amazing pedal power. The miles they have cycled has raised vital funds for the Hospice as well as raising awareness of our Hospice services. Community support like this enables us to continue to help others when they need it the most.”
Heart of Kent Hospice would like to thank Kings Hill Wheelers CC who are continuing to support us in our anniversary year as we celebrate 30 years of providing outstanding compassionate care. On their behalf, we invite riders of all abilities to get on their bike and join them on their fundraising journey. Please visit www.khwcc.org should you be interested in participating in some guest rides without obligation to join.