Parents cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats for children’s hospice

The cyclists at Lands End.
The cyclists at Lands End.

FIVE intrepid parents are attempting to cycle 900 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 10 days for Sussex’s only children’s hospice.

The amateur cyclists set off on a journey that equals the distance between Brighton to Barcelona on Friday. They are hoping to raise thousands for Chestnut Tree House.

Mother of three Liz Chatfield explained why she’s risking sprains and saddle sores: “Chestnut Tree is the most amazing place for kids. It feels like home and allows families to live as normally as possible for the time they have together. It’s about enjoying things like going swimming, playing games and all the everyday stuff that you take for granted.”

Around 400 families in Sussex have a child with a life-limiting illness. Chestnut Tree House is the only facility of its kind in the county.

Anyone who donates to the charity through the team’s Just Giving page will be entered into a draw for a Champagne afternoon tea for four at the Brighton Metropole, thanks to Liz’s colleagues at Mayo Wynne Baxter.

Nicknamed the Fab Five, the team is made up of Dave Wells, 43, from Eastbourne, Julia Hook, 43, from Thame, Hailsham husband and wife team Liz, 42, and Grant Chatfield, 43, and Grant’s uncle Mick O’Rourke who lives in Oslo. Mick celebrated his 60th birthday on day three of the ride.

The cyclists are funding every expense of the trip themselves including a support van complete with 70 pots of instant porridge, 20 malt loaves and one very large jar of Vaseline. Every penny donated goes to Chestnut Tree House.

Dave’s wife Clare is driving the support van and Mick’s wife Helen is on lunches and Deep Heat duty. You can follow the Fab Five’s progress on their Facebook page.