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18th April 2018

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Last weekend saw the 9th annual Pedal for The J’s charity cycling event in Chelmsford, raising money for The J’s Hospice charity. On a glorious Spring morning over 750 people of all ages dusted off their bicycles to take part in this popular Chelmsford annual event, all in the aid of a very worthy charity – The J’s Hospice. A variety of routes were on offer with most going through some of Essex’s most beautiful scenery and all routes starting and finishing at Admirals Park in the centre of Chelmsford.

As the main sponsor of the event, Beaulieu put together a strong line-up to raise as much as possible to support the invaluable work that this charity does in the local community, providing care, respite and support to young adults with life limiting conditions and life threatening illnesses and their families. The valiant efforts of all this year’s riders have so far raised around £30,000 for this inspirational charity.

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside said: “The work that this charity does is life changing for many of our neighbours in Chelmsford. The Pedal for the J’s is a fabulous event – people of all ages coming together to help others is very inspirational. It is a charity that we love supporting as they make such a difference to people in need of support in the local community. As always it was great to see so many local people getting involved and cheering everyone on. We were delighted to continue our sponsorship of the event this year and were very proud of our keen team of cyclists for both their pedalling and fundraising efforts.’

Lucy Burgess, Events Fundraiser at The J’s Hospice, comments: “This year we were lucky to have a dry day to kick start our annual Pedal for The J’s cycle ride. As our ninth Pedal event, it was so rewarding to see so many people showing their support. It’s great to know that people across Essex are behind the work that we do and we are thrilled with the amount raised. We are thankful for the support we get from Beaulieu – without which, it would be hard to put on such a terrific event.” The J’s Hospice provides hospice care in the home for young adults throughout Essex. Due to improvements in medical care and technology, the population of young adults with life limiting conditions is growing. At 16 years old, they have outgrown children’s services but are still in need of care and support. The J’s Hospice team provides a wide range of enhanced care including tailored specialist nursing, respite and advice as well as end of life care and bereavement support.

Beaulieu is making a huge impact on Chelmsford, bringing new homes and community facilities, including schools, shops, health and enhanced transport connections to the area. Residents at Beaulieu will have a range of amenities on their doorstep reducing the need for car travel and a network of cycleways and footpaths have been created to encourage healthy lifestyles – perfect for the type of active cyclist that takes part in Pedal for The J’s!

For additional details about Pedal for The J’s, please contact The J’s Hospice Events Team on 01245 475474 or by email to