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Issue:- 31 October 2014

Ruth's Asian charity ride in aid of baby hospice

CHARITY BIKE RIDE TO RAISE MONEY FOR ZOE'S PLACE BABY HOSPICE. Pictured is Ruth MacBryde with Christine and Ffion Howatson.

A big hearted businesswoman is in training for a marathon charity bike ride in Asia to raise money for a Liverpool hospice for babies.  Ruth Macbryde sets off next month to cycle 250 miles from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, in temperatures of up to 38C. Ruth was challenged to do the cycle ride in aid of the Zoe's Place Baby Hospice by her good friend, TV comedian and former radio Merseyside presenter Willie Miller, who champions Zoe's Place.  The specialist hospice in Yew Tree Lane, West Derby, provides palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to 5 years suffering from life limiting or life threatening conditions.  Ruth, a director of Macbryde Homes which builds high quality homes across North West England and North Wales, is hoping to raise at least £15,000. She's "delighted" to have already achieved over half of the target amount along with another £4,000 in pledges.  She will be joined on the ride by her friend Christine Howatson, from Ruthin, and her daughter, Ffion.  They will be accompanied by 50 other Zoe's Place supporters and will complete the ride over 5 days, starting on 11 November 2014.   Ruth, from St Asaph in North Wales, said:- "Hospices like Zoe's Place give you a whole new perspective on life. I truly couldn't imagine how it must feel to need the fantastic facilities and care provided by a baby's hospice. The support and professional help; both medical and personal; to each family is amazing. The team at Zoe's Place are dedicated to their patients and their families and do their utmost to help, support, and improve their quality of life to ensure they make every day as special as it can possibly be. It's really heart warming to see their dedication, happy faces and cheery dispositions which make for a happier environment for patients and their families. I would like to say a big thank you to all the people who have already made a donation on behalf of all the families they are helping."   Ruth added:- "I've been very lucky in that I have good friends and family to support my charity activities and I'm looking forward to the challenge of raising funds for Zoe's Place. As far as the bike ride goes, training is imperative which is why we have devised our very own rigorous training regime; we are determined to excel at this challenge.  Apparently, the 1st day that is hardest as it's 56 miles on undulating roads. It's going to be pretty hot with temperatures up to 38 degrees with some serious humidity."

CHARITY BIKE RIDE TO RAISE MONEY FOR ZOE'S PLACE BABY HOSPICE. Pictured is Ruth MacBryde with Christine and Ffion Howatson.

Fellow participant Christine said:- "I've recently turned 50 and got a bit fitter, I thought it would be great to do this challenge and raise funds for such a worthwhile and rewarding cause."   The bike ride is the latest in a series of charitable events supported by Ruth who has raised in excess of £150,000 for North Wales charities including St David's Hospice in Llandudno, Tŷ Gobaith Children's Hospice in the Conwy Valley and Cancer Research UK.  Anybody wanting to make a donation should go to:-

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