Chestnut Tree House calls on cyclists for Sussex fundraiser

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Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice has officially launched the 2016 Chestnut Sussex 100 cycle ride, which returns for its third year with a new start location and route.

The charity is calling upon the people of East Sussex to come together and help them reach more children in the county.

The event will take place on September 25 and will now be starting at Plumpton Racecourse in Lewes and will take in the glorious Sussex countryside, passing through towns and villages including Uckfield, Buckstead, Horam, Mayfield and Rotherfield.

Last year’s successful inaugural bike ride saw more than 400 riders raising £60,000 for the hospice, and this year organisers are hoping for an even bigger and better ride.

Event organiser Kerry O’Neill, from Chestnut Tree, said, “We’ve learned a lot from the first two years of 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.

“We have planned an exciting brand new route this year, and riders have a choice between 32km, 66km or 103km routes. We are hoping that this will mean there really is something for everyone.”

Chestnut Tree currently cares for 300 children with life-shortening conditions from across Sussex and South-East Hampshire.

Linda Perry, director of children’s services at Chestnut Tree, explained the importance of the cycle ride in enabling them to continue.

She 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 seven 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.”

To find out more and register for the event visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/sussex100.

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

This includes a fundraising pack, chip timing on the day and refreshments during the ride.

Entry is open to anyone over the age of 18 . However, people over 16’s can participate if accompanied by an adult.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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