Chestnut Tree House Hospice wants Uckfield charity bike ride to be better than ever

Cyclists at the Sussex 100
Cyclists at the Sussex 100

A children’s hospice charity is calling for cyclists to sign up for its fundraising bike ride on Sunday September 27.

Chestnut Sussex 100 cycle ride will start at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum near Uckfield, covering some beautiful Sussex scenery.

Last year’s first ever hospice bike ride saw 300 riders raising £35,000 and this year organisers are hoping for an even bigger and better event.

Event organiser Kerry O’Neill said: “We’ve learned a lot from the first Chestnut Sussex 100.

“We had a lot of positive comments from riders who enjoyed the scenic yet challenging routes and we are building on that to improve the experience this year.

“As part of that we have added a third route, so riders now have a choice between 31km, 64km or 103km routes. We are hoping that this will mean there really is something for everyone.”

Riders will pass through towns and villages including Horam, Herstmonceux, Catsfield, Hooe, Rushlake Green and Hadlow Down.

Chestnut Tree currently cares for 300 children with life-shortening conditions from across Sussex and South-East Hampshire. Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree Linda Perry said: “We are aiming to double the number of children with life-shortening conditions and their families that we are caring for in East Sussex, but to do that we need to raise awareness and funds.

“We receive less than eight per cent of our funding from central government so we rely on fundraising events such as the Chestnut Sussex 100 to enable us to continue to offer and expand our services.”

Previous participants in the Chestnut Sussex 100 have described the event as amazing and enjoyable.

One rider said: “The event has been organised brilliantly. The route was challenging but manageable and took in some really beautiful parts of the county.

“It was well sign posted which made it really easy to navigate and everyone at the pit stops was fantastic.”

Anybody who would like to take part in this year’s event can find out more and register at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/sussex100.

Registration for the event closes on Monday September 14 2015 and costs £35.

Entry is open to anyone over the age of 18 (over 16’s can participate if accompanied by an adult) and includes chip timing and refreshments en route.

The charity runs a hospice near Arundel which provides care to children with life shortening illnesses.

It also looks after 55 children in East Sussex by providing support to them in their homes.

The hospice is currently trying to reach out to more children in East Sussex and raise more funds to help them with its Hands Up campaign. Chestnut-Tree-House.org.uk