Novice cyclist John Norris will be taking to the saddle and riding nearly 300 miles across Europe this month to raise money for us. 

John, 42, will be cycling from the UK to Bruges in Belgium over four days from June 23 to 26 to raise money for us, following the care Hope House gives his friend’s daughter Anona Bowen.


Three-year-old Anona has a rare genetic condition, Miller Deiker Syndrome, which affects the brain, and both she and her parents Mike and Alice from Oswestry have been receiving support from our dedicated staff.

When looking to take on a challenge for charity John asked Alice and Mike which charity they would like to raise money for.

Incredible support

“As soon as I asked they instantly said ‘Hope House’,” said John. “The support they have been given has been incredible, and I am honoured to take on this challenge and support the hospice.”

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This is the third time John has tried to take on the challenge which was originally planned before the pandemic began, and he has already raised close to £5,000.

“I’m no cyclist and this is going to be quite the challenge for me,” said John. “I used to be a runner, but now have bad knees, but wanted to do something amazing like this before I get too old.

“I’ve been training hard and increasing the distance week on week, but haven’t actually done the length of ride I’ll be doing in four consecutive days before.”


Mike and Alice said: “We are truly grateful and proud of John, firstly for dedicating this ride to Anona, and secondly for the kindness he has shown us as a family.

“We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause than Hope House, as it is close to our hearts, and also helping raise awareness for Anona and other children with a similar diagnosis.”

Lynsey Kilvert, fundraiser at Hope House said: “We wish John all the luck for his challenge and will be cheering him on.

“More than 80% of the money we need to provide vital care and support for children like Anona comes from incredible people like John, it is no exaggeration to say that we simply wouldn’t be here without them.”

If you have been inspired by John why not join our Cycle Challenge in August and raise money to support seriously ill local children.