Tom's Rock 'n' Roll Ride for The Shakespeare Hospice

Monday 23 April 2018

Tom’s Ruck and Roll Ride for The Shakespeare Hospice


Local man, Tom Lennon, is taking on a huge cycling challenge to raise funds for the The Shakespeare Hospice and Macmillan, who both supported him and his family when his father, Sean Lennon, passed away last year. 


Tom is combining his and his father’s two loves of rugby and cycling, by riding 744 miles in just 7 days, from Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club to Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club. During his aptly named ‘Ruck and Roll Cycle Challenge’, he will be riding via every 2018/19 season Premiership rugby club (and Twickenham); Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, London, Northampton, Coventry, Leicester, Manchester and Newcastle. 


Tom, who will be setting off on 16th September and will be riding on his late father’s birthday (21 September), said: “My father was diagnosed with colon cancer and given 9 months to live.  He survived just 4 weeks. Despite the short time frame, the support from the Shakespeare Hospice and MacMillan was above and beyond. I’ve seen first-hand the great work hospices do and it shocks me they are self-funded.


Tom describes his father as a quiet man and a dedicated single parent.  He said: “My dad took me week in, week out to watch Stratford Town and Wasps. The Six Nations hasn’t been the same this year without him, though I’m glad he didn’t have to endure the Scotland game!”


Tom, who works at Jaguar Land Rover, is taking on this challenge without support.  He is covering all costs himself, including hotel, food, on-bike nutrition, any physiotherapy treatment and transport. He has no follow car to carry all equipment or to feed him or treat him when cramp sets in, no help fixing mechanical issues or to help prep hotels and ice baths...he will be doing this 100% himself.

This doesn’t mean however, that Tom doesn’t want any support and The Shakespeare Hospice is looking to the rugby community to get involved in Tom’s plight, with a view to giving him a welcome at the clubs and share information about his challenge. If anyone would like to offer support Tom in any way, please email him at: Please support him by donating to his Just Giving page at www.justgiving/teams/rucknroll.


The Shakespeare Hospice provides palliative and supportive care to over 1000 patients and their families across South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds, including Moreton in Marsh. Its core services are Day Hospice, Hospice at Home, Counselling and Family Support, and a unique Children and Young People’s Services, which supports bereaved children, young carers, and Transitional Care for 16-24 year olds with a life limiting illness. As the Hospice’s services are free of charge, and it only receives 8% towards its funding from the NHS, it relies on continued corporate and community support, which is critical to its survival.  


Tom’s fundraising will be used to help The Shakespeare Hospice continue to provide its vital services. For example, £100 will pay for two visits by Hospice at Home nurses to provide end of life care to patients in their own homes or one nurse on call overnight to support patients choosing to die at home.  Hospice at Home are a team of registered nurses and healthcare assistants with specialist training in palliative and end of life care. On call 24 hours a day, our team supports patients and their families in their home so they can remain with the people who are most dear to them. 







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