Saffron Walden family toured around Houses of Parliament as thanks for fund raising in aid of St Clare Hospice

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 December 2016

Rhodes family

Rhodes family


A family who have raised more than £11,000 for St Clare Hospice in a series of cycling and running challenges have been honoured by the charity’s MP with a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Lucinda Rhodes, 59 from Clavering, ran the London Marathon in April and has now raised a total of £7,000 for St Clare Hospice, which cared for her husband Shane.

Their son, Ruari Rhodes, and son-in-law Neil Laird, also took on a challenge to raise money for the hospice in Shane’s memory. They cycled from London to Paris in under 24 hours in June, raising £4,000 for the charity.

In recognition of their fundraising efforts for the Hastingwood-based hospice, Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and patron of St Clare Hospice, sent a personal invitation to the family.

Mr Halfon’s letter to Mrs Rhodes said: “I am writing to congratulate you on your impressive achievement of completing the London Marathon.

“Not only is this a remarkable achievement, requiring great levels of courage, in doing so, you raised a tremendous amount for St Clare Hospice.

“I am always proud of those who represent Harlow in a positive light, especially those who put others before themselves.

“Both the hospice and I are indebted to you.”

After Lucinda, Ruari and Neil visited the Houses of Parliament on Monday, November 14, Mrs Rhodes said: “It was a real pleasure to be invited to the Palace of Westminster by Robert Halfon MP, a patron of St Clare.

“It was a lovely way to be recognised for our fundraising efforts, and a chance to see inside Parliament which we wouldn’t have otherwise experienced.

“One of the people taking us on the tour, who works with Mr Halfon, had coincidentally experienced St Clare care as well, as his grandfather was cared for by the charity this year.

“It just goes to show how many lives St Clare touches and how vital their care is to our whole community.”

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