Four members of the Wilkinson family are taking on the Prudential Ride London’s 100 mile route this summer in memory of their dear family friend Ray, who was cared for by Trinity this past year.

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“We are the Wilkinson family: dad Nigel, children Luke and Sophie and Sophie’s partner Matthew. This year we’re incredibly exciting to be taking part in the Prudential Ride London.

On a trip to Putney last August, we started talking about signing up as a family as the route goes right past the road where our good friends Ray and Sue Walker lived. At this point it was just a seed of an idea, and we didn’t know if we’d end up doing it.

Shortly after however, in October last year, Ray was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Ray and his wife Sue have been family friends of ours for over 30 years, and are Luke’s godparents. Ray’s diagnosis galvanised us to participate as a family and to raise money for Trinity as we did, because they were giving such amazing support and care to our very dear friend Ray and Sue, in the later stages of his life.

Ray sadly died in March this year, but luckily he was well aware before this of the fundraising we had started doing for Trinity in his honour. He was absolutely delighted that we had decided to raise funds for Trinity in his name, and now in his memory.

Ray was just an extraordinary person, whom we all loved, and he was a role model to us all.

It’s one month to go before the ride and we’re extremely proud to have raised over £2,300 so far for such a worthy cause. We’re riding under the team name RideforRay for Trinity. None of us have cycled this kind of distance before (or even participated in an organised bike ride of any length!) but we are determined for Ray to complete the course and we are so much looking forward to it.

The ride will be a challenge for us all but also an opportunity to reflect on all the fantastic memories we have of our dear and so loved friend, Ray, and at the same time raise funds for such a fabulous cause as Trinity.

THANK YOU Trinity for everything you’ve done.”  

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