Daughter cycles 100 miles in tribute to her parents who received hospice care

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In May 2024, Carol Boston, from Cambridge took part in the 100 mile Ford RideLondon, cycling challenge, in memory of her late parents, whilst raising funds to support people at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Reflecting on her journey, Carol shared:

“I have cycled and raised money before but never with quite such a personal cause and not for quite a while. Arthur Rank in Cambridge provided the most amazing care for both my Dad and my Mum over a number of years and my Mum was finally at peace there.”

Carol reminisces about her parents’ first contact with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity:

“My mum contacted Arthur Rank for some support with somewhere to go with my Dad initially. They attended the round chat (a service provided by the Living Well Service) on a Friday. Sometimes my mum would leave Dad at the Hospice and be able to get a break for a few hours.”

A mother and her daughter with their hand-cast
Carol with her Mum and the handcast

“My mum then used a few of the excellent services herself when my Dad passed away. She loved the Physio and Fay, who did creative things like moulded hands and dictating your life story. She found great solace and support and eventually came as an Inpatient.”

man on chair with lady hold a tea cup on her lap smiling at the camera
Carols parents Margaret and John “Jack” Jeffries

Carol exceeded her fundraising target of £500, and her fundraising page to date (June 2024) exceeds an impressive £730.00 to support people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end of life care. For example Carol’s contribution could fund the maintenance of the Hospice Gardens for 14 weeks, ensuring a tranquil environment for patients and visitors.

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Sarah Clayton, Community Fundraiser praised Carol’s efforts:

“Carol has taken her passion for cycling and challenged herself to a ride that is a tribute to her parents and a great personal achievement. She has generated sponsorship which will benefit future patients of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. We are so grateful for Carol’s hard work and success.”


If you would like to saddle up to support people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end of life care, Ford RideLondon 100 2025 is now open! You can register at arhc.org.uk/events/detail/ridelondon-2025 or if you would like to  discuss taking on your own challenge for the Charity, please email Sarah at challenges@arhc.org.uk or call 01223 675888.