Police back skateathon

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Police in Hastings are again supporting a charity skate event to raise money to improve a public park.

Hastings business 4Down Distribution is opening its doors to BMX riders and skateboarders of all ages and skill levels to join this year’s 24-hour Skateathon, raising money for The Boyley Trust, supported by Sussex Police and Hastings Borough Council.

The trust was set up in memory of Richard Ball, known as Boyley, after the death of the 24-year-old BMX biker in a road accident in 2002.

Money raised at the event will fund work at Boyley Skate Park in White Rock Gardens in the town.

This year’s event will start at 6pm next Friday (May 8) and finishes at 6pm on Saturday, May 9. It is being held at 4Down Distribution in Unit H of Ponswood Industrial Estate, next to the Royal Mail sorting office.

Any rider or skater only has to pay £10 once to ride at any point during the 24-hour period. To get involved all they need to do is arrive at the venue, pay their money, receive a wrist band and ride or skate for as long as they wish.

As always, there will be pro riders and pro skaters at the venue so if visitors are lucky they may be able to pick up some tips from them.

The last two events raised £2,310 but the organisers are hoping to generate even more this year. Parents and guardians are welcome to go along and there will be refreshments available. This is a no alcohol event.