Ashley ScrivensThe foundation is named in the memory of Ashley, who passed away in 2014 at the tender age of 24 from a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer. Ashley was a talented rugby player, and played for Cirencester RFC, where he also devoted a lot of spare time in coaching the youth elements of the club. Despite Ashley battling cancer, he was still a passionate fundraiser, raising money for Cancer Research and Bliss.
Ashley was a true gentleman, and always had the ability to make people laugh, and his smile was legendary. His popularity within the Cirencester community was epitomised by the attendance to his funeral, where even the huge Cirencester Abbey couldn’t house everyone who wanted to say their final goodbyes to him.
TASF hopes to carry forward Ashley’s sense of community, his sense of humour, and his passion for developing young sports people, both on and off the field.
The inaugural Bliss Baby Bikers cycle ride, from Cirencester to Paris, was an amazing experience for which I had underestimated the mental strength needed to complete the tour.
It was with immense gratitude that I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley on day one and without whom I would have been unable to last the distance.
In spite of his personal health struggles which were never shared with me he coached me throughout the ride, repeatedly dropping back to check in on my progress and provide some much needed laughter.
His kind hearted approach to someone he’d never previously met was a lesson in humility, one that I’ll never forget.
Cheers AshPhilip Hancox