Cyclist goes extra 440 miles for Shakespeare Hospice - The Stratford Observer
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14th Aug, 2022

Cyclist goes extra 440 miles for Shakespeare Hospice

A CYCLIST is going the extra 440 miles to thank The Shakespeare Hospice for supporting her bereaved daughter.

Artist Tracey Cooper has already raffled off one of her designer cushions this year but is now getting on her bike to ride 21 miles every day for three weeks.

Her support comes at a time when the hospice has seen its shops forced to close and many events cancelled.

Tracey will also be donating 10 per cent of profits from sales of her homeware products.

It is all part of her way of thanking the hospice and one of the lesser-known aspects of its work, its Children and Young People’s Services – and particularly the bereavement support – which helped her daughter.

Tracey said: “Edith’s father, my ex-husband, died of a heart attack suddenly in March 2017. He was in South Africa at the time. Edith came to the hospice for support in September 2017 when she was eight years old.

“She had one-to-one sessions and group work along with other activities including Easter egg hunts and seeing Father Christmas. The service is truly amazing and this is why I want to support the hospice. I have done the Shakespeare Ride before but I wanted to do more especially bearing in mind the impact of covid.”

Her daughter’s sessions also played a part in Tracey tapping in to her own talents.

Tracey added: “While I waited for her is when I started sketching and doing illustrations. I had trained in graphic design when I was younger but hadn’t done anything arty for 18 years.”

From there she developed a range of products with bright, colourful animal designs..

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracey-cooper16 to support her 21 day challenge.

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