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Cycle 100 Sussex
Cycle 100 Sussex

A radio presenter is calling on cyclists to hop on their bikes and pedal 100km for children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House.

Ambrose Harcourt, from Brighton station Juice FM, who is also a patron of the hospice, launched the Chestnut Sussex 100 Cycle Ride at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum.

Starting at Bentley, cyclists can choose between a 60km or 100km distance through the Ashdown Forest, with the 100km route including one of the UK’s top 100 climbs, ‘Kidd’s Hill.’

The ride on October 12 is the charity’s first cycling event and is open to anyone over the age of 18 (over 16s can participate if accompanied by an adult). The route will also go through Uckfield, Horam, Lower Dicker and Ringmer.

Ambrose is a long-standing supporter of Chestnut Tree House and has been a Patron since 2000. Having taken on his own cycle challenge for the charity in 2009 he is keen to encourage cyclists to take part and raise vital funds to help children with life-shortening conditions and their families.

Hospice event organiser, Kerry O’Neill, said: “By taking on this event and asking for sponsorship, riders can make a real difference to families. For example, £40 covers the cost of a session with a counsellor or play therapist, £50 will give a child an hour in our hydrotherapy pool, and £150 will allow a family of four to benefit from an overnight stay in one of our Family Rooms whilst their child is cared for by our specially trained nurses.”