THREE seasoned fundraisers are taking on an epic cycling event around the spectacular Malvern Hills to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

Stewart Willis, known to his friends as Chow, from Droitwich, along with Jim Clarkson and Mark Johnson from Worcester, have been in training for the Malvern Mad Hatters Sportive, which takes place on August 30.

This is the sixth year that Mr Willis, who works at Comtherm, burner manufactures in Droitwich, and his friends have taken part in walking and cycling challenges, and they have raised many thousands of pounds for St Richard’s Hospice over the years.

Mr Clarkson joins the team for the first time, having only recently taken up cycling in his 60s.

The team will ride this year’s challenge under the banner, It's Malvern Likely To Be Hilly.

Taking the longest of the three routes on offer, the gruelling 103 mile cycle ride will take them through the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire.

At the end of the long day they will be rewarded with a special medal for taking part and the warm glow of supporting a local charity that provides compassionate care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Mr Willis said: "It’s great to know that we are raising money for a fantastic charity and having fun at the same time.

"Each year we take on a different challenge for St Richard’s Hospice, usually with a walking or cycling theme. We like to stretch ourselves with each challenge, and keep each other going with friendly banter when things get tough.

"We are really looking forward to our latest challenge, and hope to raise £1,000."

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