Sisters prepare for Ride for Life cycle event to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Three sisters are turning to pedal power to support a fundraiser close to their hearts.
Helen, Gail and Catherine Johnston – aged 54, 52 and 49, respectively – will be getting in the saddle for this year’s Ride for Life cycle event, which raises vital funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each).
The popular challenge – for keen cyclists and amateurs alike – is being held over three days from May 8 and takes participants on a stunning journey through the East Anglian countryside.
The Johnstons will be participating for the first time but have a deep connection with Ride for Life, thanks to their late father, Richard Johnston.
Through his business, Mr Johnston was a dedicated long-term sponsor and this year’s event is being held in his memory. His warehousing company, Richard Johnston Ltd, is based in Harling Road, Snetterton – just a stone’s throw away Each’s former hospice at Quidenham and from where the three sisters will begin their bike journey.
Helen, 54, said: “I’m utterly horrified about what we’ve taken on.
“It’s going to be a real challenge but I’m excited, too. It’s exciting and terrifying in equal measure but we’re so pleased to be supporting such a wonderful cause.
“I speak for the three of us when I say we’re honoured the ride is taking place in my father’s memory, because he was such a long-standing supporter of Each.
“He was always keen to support a cause close to his heart and we feel just as strongly.
“The fact we’re going to visit all three hospices during the ride is very important and brings everything home, in terms of why we’re doing this.
“It heightens the meaning and, while it’s an endurance event and going to be a physical challenge, it’s about raising money for a very worthy cause.
“It’s our home patch, so to speak, so it’s nice to have the chance to explore it on two wheels.”
The sisters will be joined by long-serving Richard Johnston Ltd finance director Rob McIndoe and his son, Ed, 23.