A CYCLIST has raised £5,400 for Paul Sartori after taking part in a 5,000 mile bike ride around the coast of Britain at the end of last year.

When Andrew Mathias from Camrose started planning his 64-consecutive-day UK coastal cycle challenge, he knew he wanted to raise money and awareness for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service.

“I have chosen to raise money for Paul Sartori as over the last few months they have helped my family massively during a very difficult time,” said Andrew.

The trip led Andrew to circumnavigate the coast of Britain, taking in amazing views and leaving Andrew with lifelong memories.

The eventual total he raised was £5,403.04, or just over £1 per mile, and more than five times his original fundraising target.

“Always in the back of my mind was the cause behind this journey. The Paul Sartori Foundation helped both my grandmother and family during a difficult time before she passed away earlier this year,” added Andrew.

“It is fantastic to be able to give something back to the Foundation for the care and support they provided during this time and hopefully raise the awareness of the truly amazing work they do within the County of Pembrokeshire!”

Sandra Dade, Charity Manager said Paul Sartori’s team was very proud of Andrew’s dedication.

“We were regularly sending encouraging wishes to Andrew throughout his journey and were blown away by his amazing accomplishment.” Sandra said.

“His fundraising is equivalent to us providing 180 of hours care in the community, so he has actually handed us a legacy to future patients. Thank you Andrew.”

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service enables people in the later stages of life limiting illnesses to be cared for at home with dignity, independence, and surrounded by those they hold dear.

Further information can found at paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.