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Hornchurch leisure centre staff cycle more than 550km in memory of former colleague

PUBLISHED: 10:11 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 04 July 2018

Catherine O Brien-Passfield helped organise the Dawn to Dusk bike ride in memory of Vicki Browne. Picture: Everyone Active

Catherine O Brien-Passfield helped organise the Dawn to Dusk bike ride in memory of Vicki Browne. Picture: Everyone Active

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Staff at a Hornchurch leisure centre raised more than £1,700 from a special bike ride challenge in memory of a former workmate.

Everyone Active’s Hornchurch Sports Centre hosted a Dawn to Dusk Bike Ride in memory of their colleague Vicki Browne, 47, who died on May 6, 2018 following a battle with cancer.

The event which was organised by Catherine O Brien-Passfield, Everyone Active’s fitness manager and Helen Cornhill, saw more than 60 colleagues and customers take turns to cycle a collective distance of 591km, starting when the sun rose at 4.43am until it set at 9.21pm on June 21.

Catherine said: “Vicki didn’t want a public funeral as she felt her husband and nine-year-old son had been through enough over the last six years.

“However she wanted in her own words, to ask people to ride a bike, have a coffee, cake and raise money for charity.”

Vicki was a member of the Everyone Active’s fitness team for more than 18 years.

She returned to teach classes at the centre after battling cancer for the first time, and continued to lead sessions at the centre until autumn last year.

Vicki helped to plan the event which raised awareness and funds for St Francis Hospice in Broxhill Road.

“I thought the Dawn to Dusk Ride would be fantastic but we also added BodyBalance classes to start and end the day,” Catherine added.

“The class opened our hearts and minds to Vicki and her family, and we closed the day with the same class to finish at dusk with meditation and thoughtfulness - time to say goodbye to Vicki.”

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