Wirral man goes the distance to say thank you to hospital ‘home’
A Wirral man will don cycling shorts and a helmet when he cycles more than 300 miles in 24 hours to say thank you to a charity that helped him and his family.
Richard Tarbuck, 31, an IT technician from Neston, will set off from Newcastle at midday on Saturday 22 August 2015 and will cross the finish line in central London the following day.
He is raising money for Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park, the free ‘home away from home’ for families who have children being treated at Arrowe Park Hospital.
The Ronald McDonald House was home to Richard and his wife Kathleen in 2012 after their twin girls, Elle and Sophie, were born prematurely and needed intensive neo-natal care. Richard and Kathleen stayed free of charge at the Ronald McDonald House for a month while doctors and nurses cared for their poorly children a short walk away on the nearby ward.
Richard’s daughters are now happy and healthy toddlers. Their father is looking forward to saddling up and putting his pedal power to the test as a way of saying thank you to the Ronald McDonald House.
A testing route will see him cycle from Newcastle, through the Yorkshire Hills and across the English countryside before arriving in the capital. He will be joined by hundreds of cyclists as part of an organised event called Ride24. The 310 mile route will be broken down into seven stages and there will be rest stops, as well as food and drink, at the end of each leg.
Richard says: “We desperately wanted to stay near our little girls when they were in hospital. A daily journey from our home would have been difficult and the expense of staying at a hotel would have been another worry. As you can imagine, we were so grateful to be given a room at the Ronald McDonald House where we could stay absolutely free-of-charge and for as long as we needed
“I’m really pleased to be able to support the House and say thank you in some way for the help they gave us. I’m steadily working to improve my fitness in the run up to the cycle ride and am now covering over 100 miles on my practice rides and have lost over 20lbs in weight. I’ve also taken part in a handful of shorter fundraising cycle rides. This latest one, however, is a challenge on a whole new level. I’ll be nursing some sore body parts after everything’s over – but it will be worth it!”
Richard has set up a Virgin Money Giving page for donations: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Cycling488milesforRMHCArrowePark2015
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park visit www.rmhc.org.uk/arrowepark.
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Notes to editors
1. For more pictures or an interview with Richard, please contact Alex Goldup using the details above.
2. Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.