Steve cycles and runs more than 60 miles to raise charity cash

Steve Docherty
Steve Docherty
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Cycling and running more than 60 miles to raise money for a charity is a big challenge.

That’s why executive advisor for St Vincent Care Homes Steve Docherty is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

Steve battled wind, rain and hail to complete a four-day fundraising challenge last month.

The 52-year-old ran between the four homes he and his company, St Vincent Care Homes, look after across Gosport and the Isle of Wight.

And after embracing all of the incredible support the homes gives its residents, Steve wanted to give something back.

‘It’s payback really,’ he says.

‘I wanted to help them raise some money by doing a challenge of something I didn’t know if I could complete.’

The journey took place during Dementia Week - a week dedicated to raising awareness of the condition.

Steve adds: ‘Throughout it all, I was thinking about how much money the staff had raised and I didn’t want to let them down.

‘On the final day I had a five-mile cycle to finish it and I was getting tired, but I was able to fly through the last leg. ‘

On the first day, Steve ran 13 miles from Gosport to Clarence Parade, in Southsea.

He then cycled 21.5 miles from Southsea, across the water on the Fastcat to the Isle of Wight and across the island to the care home at Totland Bay.

The same distance was cycled again on the Wednesday to Sandown before Steve ran seven miles on the Thursday morning to Ryde. He finished the challenge with a five-mile cycle to the head office in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Each home raised their own charitable funds with residents, staff and families all donating. Gosport’s home raised the most across the premises with more than £500 donated.

Steve says: ‘When we do it again next year, I do think it will bring a nice piece of rivalry between the homes as each one wants to claim to have raised the most.

‘But I dont know how I am going to be able to challenge myself again next year.’