Barchester staff to cycle 60 miles in tribute challenge

Two men have set themselves a gruelling cycling challenge in London to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of their colleague, Chris Dixon.

Wayne Hughes and Bill Wilson, who both work for care provider Barchester Healthcare, will be cycling 60 miles with stops at nine different Barchester care homes, where staff and residents will be hosting coffee and cake mornings to help with the fundraising.

The pair will be joined by Paul Quinnel, from Tech Compliance, one of Barchester’s service suppliers.

Together they have already raised over £1,000 for the charity Macmillan via their online fundraising page:

The challenge is taking place on 28th November in memory of their colleague Chris Dixon, who sadly passed away in September. Chris, who had been battling cancer, was described by friends within the organisation as ‘a true gent’ and the cycling challenge is a tribute to his inspiring courage, dignity and kindness. 

Bill Wilson, Property Services Director at Barchester said: “I knew and worked closely with Chris for more than 11 years. He was a consummate professional and a very popular member of the Property team. Chris was a real outdoor man and somehow a bike ride seemed a fitting way to commemorate his life.”

Wayne Hughes, General Manager at Barchester’s Chorleywood Beaumont care home said: “Though I never met Chris, I know he had a massive impact on everyone he did meet and is sadly missed in the organisation. The cycle ride is a challenge, especially as I only got back on my bike four months ago since being a teenager. However, I will ensure I complete the 60 miles in memory of Chris and everyone I know who has been affected by cancer.”

The Barchester care homes Wayne and Bill will cycle to are Magnolia Court, Cheverton Lodge, Hugh Myddelton House, Southgate Beaumont, Brook House, Wilsmere House, Bushey House Beaumont, Chalfont Lodge and Chorleywood Beaumont.