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Severn Vally CycleThe annual Severn Valley Cycle Challenge has officially opened for entries. Biking through the picturesque Severn Valley, the ride raises funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice. Organisers say already more than 30 competitors have signed up for the event which takes place on Sunday 17 August. The event has been running for five years and more than 550 people have taken part. The three courses of differing levels of ability allow a wide range of cyclists to participate. All three races end in Bewdley followed by a scenic trip back to each of the three starting points by steam locomotive. The three rides to choose from are: The Rocket: a 40 mile route which leaves Bridgnorth, heads towards Ironbridge and finishes in Bewdley; entry fee is £25 per adult. The Tornado: a 20 mile route from Bridgnorth to Bewdley; entry fee is £20 per adult / £15 under 16s. The Express: a 10 mile route which starts in the Severn Valley Country Park and ends in Bewdley; entry fee is £15 per adult / £10 under 16s. Acorns Children’s Hospice’s events manager, Ian Carr, said: “We are offering courses that will appeal to people with a variety of cycling abilities so this really is a cycle for all. “All courses have a challenging terrain with plenty of steep hills to climb. Even if you are new to cycling this is the perfect event for you. But it’s not all hard work – cyclists will be taking in some spectacular views and will be able to take it easy on the return journey to Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway steam train. “Acorns Children’s Hospice doesn’t charge families for making use of its services, regardless of the ever increasing costs involved. We rely heavily on public fundraising and voluntary donations and hope to sign up 200 cyclists to help us raise the money we need to operate.” For more information or to register visit http://www.acorns.org.uk/severn-valley-cycle-challenge , call the Acorns events team on 0844 984 0405 or email events@acorns.org.uk Acorns Children’s Hospice press information, please tel: 01564 825000 Note to editors: Due to the sensitive nature of Acorns care services it refrains from using the words ‘terminal’ or ‘terminally ill’ in its press releases and public communications when describing the children who use Acorns and the conditions that they have. Instead, Acorns uses the words ‘life limited’, ‘life limiting’, or ‘life threatening’ – terms that are used by medical experts at the point of diagnosis of the child, and which are commonly used in the UK’s children’s hospice movement and paediatric palliative care communications. Acorns kindly requests that you respect this in your communications when referring to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Acorns children have a lot of living to do. Thank you. Acorns offers a network of care and support to children who have life limiting or life threatening conditions and their families, at its hospices in Birmingham (Selly Oak), Walsall and Worcester, and through its community team who offer support at home.  Children can stay at the hospices for short breaks, emergency and end-of-life care.  The community team give support to the family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no charge for Acorns’ service but running costs stand at £7,500 per day per hospice that’s £750 per bed. The charity relies on voluntary income for the majority of the funding required to run its care services. To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk

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