Roger, whose previous exploits include rowing around Cornwall in a traditional Cornish gig, took 13 days to ride the length of the country in aid of The Cove, which will be based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. He handed a cheque for the funds raised to Emma Wright, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan.
Roger set off on Monday 6 June, completing the journey with friends on Saturday 19 June, raising money for The Cove through the Brewery’s Charitable Trust, which has raised nearly £600,000 for charities and individuals across the South West since its inception in 2003.
Cornwall is the only county in the UK currently without a dedicated cancer support centre, but not for long. Plans have been approved for the new centre in Truro, and Macmillan have been tirelessly fundraising to reach their target of £1million to support the cost of the £3.5million build.
Emma Wright said that the contributions of fundraisers like Roger were vital: “The Cove is due to open in October which is fantastic. It will be the culmination of huge amount of work by so many people to make this vital service a reality and once operational it will serve over 13,000 local residents per year. We have raised over £800,000 so far towards our £1 million target, so these donations make a huge difference.”
Roger, 49, said: “The ride was a great challenge which took in some amazing scenery, great people and some lovely ales. I would like to thank everyone who donated, I totally exceeded my expectations of how much I would raise. I’m delighted to have been able to hand over the cheque to Emma - it’s for a great cause and exactly the type of local organisation that the Brewery’s Charitable Trust was set up to support.”
To find out more about The Cove and how to donate visit: www.macmillan.org.uk/donate/macmillan-projects/truro.html
Image caption: Roger Ryman hands over the cheque to Emma Wright outside the nearly completed centre.