Sharon Laws Sportive
The choice to die at home, among the people we love is a wish that the NHS and larger charities or agencies can not always facilitate for people in our area. This is where local charity Kate’s Home Nursing can help, providing free of charge hospice at home nursing care for people during their last days. Kate’s registered nurses are experienced palliative care and community nurses offering patient led nursing care with compassion and kindness. The service also provides support for the family, including bereavement support. People are referred to Kate’s by the district nursing service, GPs, hospital discharge teams or people may self refer.
Kate’s Home Nursing is committed to remaining a local charity serving the community on whose support we have relied since our inception in 1996. This year Kate’s will spend in the region of £375,000 nursing and supporting over 110 local people and their families. The charity receives some funding from the NHS and has a team of volunteer fundraisers who organise events throughout the year. However, just as important are the funds raised at events organised by other local people and organisations, events such as The Sportive.
“We feel extremely privileged to have been able to help care for Sharon and we are so grateful that we have been chosen to benefit from The Sportive, both for the financial help and for increasing awareness about Kate’s Home Nursing and the service we provide. The Sportive is such a fitting way to celebrate Sharon’s life and will be a wonderful event.” Karen Pengilley, CEO
The Sharon Laws Sportive is on Saturday 6th July 2019
Pre-registration available between 4 pm to 6 pm on Friday 5th July 2019 and Registration on the day (6th July 2019) is from 7 am with first cyclists out from 8 am
We are looking forward to a lovely day!
The 43-mile Sharon Laws tribute route at £20.00 pp
The longer ‘challenge’ route at 76-miles prior online booking at £30.00 pp + £1.00 booking charge or £35.00 on the day
The 43-mile Sharon Laws tribute route prior online booking £20.00 pp + £1.00 booking charge or £25.00 on the day
The 14-mile family route prior online booking £5.00 + £1.00 booking charge or £6.00 on the day
The route will leave from The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water. Please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/191392/Sharon-Laws-Sportive-2019 for more information or to sign up
THE SHARON LAWS SPORTIVE AT THE COTSWOLD SCHOOL
It is with great pleasure The Cotswold School announces the The Sharon Laws Sportive in association with British Cycling.
This will be our second year holding the Sharon Laws Sportive—a celebration of the 43 years of Sharon’s amazing life and the sport she loved so much. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 6th July 2019.
The main route is 43 miles long honouring every year of Sharon’s short life. There will be a longer 76 mile route and a short 14 mile loop for our younger cyclists. At the end of the Sportive, those wanting a few extra miles can take on an additional loop (not part of the Sportive) and complete an epic 80 mile or 88 mile ride through the wonderful Cotswold Hills.
Born in 1974, Sharon Laws, a former pupil of The Cotswold School, was a British professional cyclist who only turned professional at the age of 33, having previously competed in adventure racing and endurance mountain biking. She began riding on the road to train and it was at this time she was noticed and her ability confirmed. She quickly became part of the 2008 Summer Olympics cycling team in Beijing and also in 2008 she won the British National Time Trial Championships.
Other accreditations included:
- Winning the Women’s 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge
- Winning the 2012 British National Road Race Championships
- Part of the Podium Ambition Pro Cycling’s squad for the 2016 season
- Part of the ITV4 commentary team for the channel’s coverage of the 2017 Women’s Tour
- Holding an MSc in Conservation and working as an environmental consultant to organisations including the British Government, the United Nations and for mining company Rio Tinto in Australia
In late 2016, Sharon was diagnosed with cervical cancer and from there underwent a year-long battle with the disease. She died in December 2017.
The Sharon Laws Sportive 2019
When: Saturday 6 July 2019
What: A 43-mile road cycle event to mark every year of her young life. A shorter loop for children and families and a longer route for those who want a bigger challenge is also available, please visit http://bit.ly/SharonLawsSportive2019 to sign up.
Where: Starting and finishing from The Cotswold School
Why: To raise funds for Kate’s Home Nursing and for The Cotswold School – new community sports and events pavilion at The Cotswold School, that will be dedicated to improving the physical and mental health of young people in our community.
How: For more details and to sign up, please go to http://bit.ly/SharonLawsSportive2019
For more information, please contact Kathryn Allison, firstname.lastname@example.org.