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20.12.2009

Keen club cyclist, Spencer Stacey, who works in the Criminal Department, took part in a sponsored bike ride from Maidstone to Le Mans, over the weekend of Friday 11th to Monday 14th September.

This was a journey of 313 miles over three days. There were five riders, Spencer, David Taft, Duncan Pallett, Martin Foord and Stuart Champion and one driver, Duncan’s brother James, in a support vehicle donated by a local business, Whitehouse Hyundai.

They left Maidstone town centre at 6:30am on the Friday, riding down to Folkestone and using the Euro Tunnel to travel to France. Once at Calais, they followed the picturesque route through the French countryside down to Le Mans, arriving Sunday evening.

Between the five riders, 1,565 miles were covered and there was only one puncture, suffered by Spencer, just prior to Folkestone.

The plan was to arrive in Le Mans Sunday evening, relax and take a leisurely return drive back to Calais on Monday afternoon.  However, one of the team simply had to be back at work for Monday morning.  Therefore plan B came into effect and having arrived at the Cathedral at Le Mans, there was the photo shoot with Champagne and it was quickly over to the hotel to change and freshen up, before the four hour drive through the night back to Calais to catch a ferry back to Dover, finally arriving home at 3am.

“The cost of doing the event was paid for out of our own pockets (cross channel ferry, accommodation, fuel etc) and therefore 100 per cent of everything donated went to our nominated charity, The Heart of Kent Hospice,” said Spencer.

The Heart of Kent specialises in palliative care to the people of Maidstone area. Their specialist team offer skilled care, comfort, compassion and hope to people facing the challenge of life threatening illness.

“At any one time they support to up to 280 patients, plus their families and carers. As a charity the services they offer are free of charge. However, this does mean that of the nearly £3m that it currently costs per year to provide their care, they have to raise £1.8m from the community that they serve. This is where we aim to help,” said Spencer.

This ride was just one of several that Spencer has taken part in, raising considerable amounts of cash for charities.

Funds are still coming in, but will be in excess of £3,000. This was raised by the internet, collection tins and buckets and sponsorship forms.

The website is still open, and can be found at: www.justgiving.com/maidstonetolemans

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