Dougie’s cycle ride raises over £1,300 for local hospice

Published: 22 Jun 2021

10-year-old Dougie Wren cycled from Horsham to Shoreham and back again at the weekend to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice in memory of his Nanny, Chris.

Dougie pounded the pedals alongside his Dad, James, and raised over £1,300 for the local hospice where his Nanny spent her final hours.

Dougie said, “Last year, my sister and I sadly lost our lovely Nanny. She was a wonderful Nanny who always looked after us while Mummy and Daddy worked. She took us for wonderful days out too. Nanny did lots for charity and would always put others before herself. In honour of her, I wanted to raise as much money as I could for St Catherine’s.”

Tracey, Dougie’s Mum, added, “I’m so proud of Dougie, and I know his Nanny would be very proud too. He’s worked really hard training and cycled in the heat without stopping. We’re very grateful to everyone who has supported Dougie and James and helped them raise such a brilliant amount of money. It’s lovely to know this will help St Catherine’s support other families like ours in the future.”

Felicity Parsons, Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said, “We’re so grateful to Dougie and his Dad for taking on this incredible challenge in memory of his Nanny.

The support of people like Dougie and his Dad, and the support of our wider community has never been more vital. As a result of the pandemic, we’re unable to run our usual fundraising events and we’ve had a drop of around £1.5 million in income. We’re reliant on the support and fundraising efforts of people in our local community to make sure we can be here for years to come. Every challenge taken on and every penny raised makes a big difference. On behalf of everyone at St Catherine’s, I’d like to say a big thank you to Dougie and his family. It’s a wonderful tribute to Dougie’s wonderful Nanny.”

To support Dougie and help him raise even more money for St Catherine’s please visit: Or perhaps Dougie’s inspired you to take on your own challenge? To discover different ways you can support St Catherine’s please visit: or to make a donation to help your local hospice please visit: or call 01293 447361.


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