RESIZE_IMG_2654 BM - John Evans during his cycling challenge

John Evans, from Chester, took on the challenge for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s #SaveYourHospice appeal, a cause which is close to the local community’s heart.

A donation of £250 from the Barratt Legacy initiative was given to back John on the impressive feat and show support for the hospice.

The community funding seeks to donate to organisations and charities within Barratt Manchester’s operational areas to ensure the progression and improvements of its surrounding communities.

John said: “Little did I think towards the beginning of lockdown that I would ever have cycled so far in just three months, so it really has been a great achievement.

“I also didn’t know I would be raising such an incredible amount for The Hospice of the Good Shepherd which is such a worthy cause.

“I’d like to say thank you to Barratt Homes for its donation and support during my challenge.”

So far, he has raised over £5,000 for the appeal by cycling a total distance of 3,344 miles, taking 249 hours to complete.

Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “As a five star homebuilder, it is important that we support charities within the areas we build, to ensure we leave a positive impact on the surrounding communities.

“We are delighted to have supported John with this amazing challenge as a part of our Barratt Legacy scheme.”

The Hospice, which is not part of the NHS, receives only 25% of its income from government funding meaning it has to raise just over £3 million each year from donations, fundraising events and charity shops which are now all on hold.

It is anticipated there will be at least a £1.1 million shortfall in fundraising for this year.

For over thirty years, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd has provided end of life care to patients living with life limiting conditions from Chester, West Cheshire and Ellesmere Port.

They provide a 10 bedded in-patient unit, a Living Well Centre which provides day support to help patients maintain their independence and to stay at home longer as well as bereavement support for both adults and children across the catchment area whether or not the death of their loved one was connected to the Hospice.