BRAVE Martin Richardson led his two young daughters on a fundraising cycle challenge in memory of their mother.
Martin, 45, took on the The Rowans Hospice Ruby Ride with Molly, 12, and Alice, 10, after their mother and his wife Sue died aged 45 at the hospice late last year.
The trio, from Hayling Island, rode the first ride in 2012 with Sue (pictured) as the last family outing before she was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Martin said: ‘The last thing we did as a family before she was diagnosed was to do the Ruby Ride as part of her birthday.
‘Little did we know a month later she would be diagnosed.
‘She had bowel cancer, it had already spread to her liver. She spent 10 months fighting it.’
Sue, 44, a teacher at Mayville High School, had two operations with some success but died last September.
Martin said the home service from the south coast charity supported Sue and the family before she eventually went to the hospice where she died after just a day.
‘The hospice were really good to us before and after she died,’ he added.
‘It has got a pretty special place in everyone’s heart. Everyone understands what they do for people. It’s an unbelievable place.’
Molly added: ‘The ride is good, it’s nice to see that everyone cares about The Rowans Hospice.’
The trio, who cycled the 18-mile leisure route, raised more than £2,000 last year and this year raised £150 so far.
Yesterday they were joined by around 500 people who took to their bikes to raise cash for the hospice.
Cyclists did either a 65-mile, 30-mile or 18-mile ride around Portsmouth, Purbrook and Petersfield after leaving from 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour.
Simon Threadinghan, 51, from Copnor, was with his nephew Adam, 28, from Southsea.
They took on the 65-mile route in memory of Simon’s mother Beryl.
She was at the hospice for four days in October 2012 before she died.
Simon said: ‘She had a terminal cancer and when it got to the stage where she couldn’t be looked after any more, they took her in for four days.
‘They looked after her excellently, the people are brilliant.’
The ride was the third time the hospice held the event.
Chief executive Ruth White said: ‘It’s just a fabulous family event.’