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Charity wants industry to take China challenge

London-based Hospice Trinity, which cares for terminally ill patients, is challenging people working in financial services to cycle across China to raise money for the charity.

The Trinity China Challenge covers 452 kilometres in the Beijing area and includes sections of the Great Wall. It will take place from October 5 to 14, 2002.

The hospice, which celebrates its 110th anniversary next year, supports 1,500 pat-ients in the South, West and central London. Trinity says it makes every effort to ensure people have as much peace, dignity and freedom from pain as possible at the end of their life.

Anyone who wants to take part in the challenge has to pay a registration fee of £250 and raise a minimum of £2,500. Trinity says those taking part must be reasonably fit and be prepared to train before the event but it says they do not have to be experienced cyclists.

The charity says it is the oldest hospice in the UK, being founded in 1891 following an appeal by Colonel William Hoare of London&#39s Hoare banking family because of his wife&#39s concern about the poor provision of care for people with life-threatening illness.

Event organiser Gay Rose says: “The China Challenge is a very special fund-raising event for the hospice.

“It is an exciting challenge which takes in the Beijing area and the Great Wall to celebrate the hospice&#39s achievements and raise funds. It is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime for those who take part.”

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