Sisters' delight after cycle ride in memory of 'inspirational' grandma
A pair of kind-hearted cycling sisters have thanked the generous west Suffolk community who helped them beat their fundraising target by almost four times their original aim.
Jess and Sian Ramsay organised their own 23-mile cycle challenge in memory of their grandma, Elizabeth Davies, to raise money for My WiSH Charity supporting West Suffolk Hospital.
The intrepid duo, who both work at the hospital and who have already taken part in the charity’s annual sky dive, admitted they were novice cyclists.
But after raising around £900 for different departments at the hospital, Jess said they were delighted to have honoured their grandmother’s memory.
Jess, 24, from Stowmarket, said: “Our original target was £250 so to have raised so much for such a worthwhile cause is fantastic.
“We thought it might actually be tougher than the sky dive, and the pain as we came up to the hospital was definitely there. As soon as we arrived out the front of the hospital we both burst into tears.
“We know Grandma would have hated us going through pain in her memory, she was a very private person and didn’t like anybody bringing attention to her. But we are so pleased to have raised so much to show exactly how inspirational she was to us.”
After more than £600 was donated in memory of Elizabeth, the sisters revealed the amount of money inspired them to continue their own fundraising with the cycle ride starting at Rickinghall, where their grandmother lived, and ending at the hospital.
Sian, 27, from Honington, works as a sister in the Hospital’s Rainbow Ward while Jess is a senior occupational therapist.
The pair wanted to thank their partners Ian Ramsay and Phillip Pearce for acting as support drivers on the day.