Pedal-power Santas generate charity cash

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Three employees from Mr Cycles, in Seaford, took part in Wear a Santa Suit Day 2014 to help raise money for Sussex children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House.

They dressed as the man in red at the Clinton Place venue on Saturday when they also asked customers to guess how far they could pedal on a static bike in their suits.

And to round-off the weekend of Santa­-inspired fun they hit the roads for a fun Santa Cycle on Sunday, travelling from their sister outlet, the Giant Bike Store in Shoreham.

Rod Lambert, owner of Mr Cycles, said, “It’s not often you get to wear a Santa suit so when this opportunity came up we leapt at it. We are really enjoyed dressing up and having fun at work for such a fantastic cause.

“Chestnut Tree House provides invaluable care services to many children and families in the local area.”

The Santas cycled more than 100 miles on the static bike on Saturday, before joining Santas from the Shoreham outlet to ride from the Giant Bike Store to The Lighthouse Café in Worthing and back on Sunday.

Rod also hosted a Cycle Maintenance Workshop for Cycle Seahaven bike club on the Saturday morning in his suit.They have raised about £500 for the hospice across both stores.

Chestnut Tree House provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people with life-shortening and life-­threatening illnesses.

The services offered include assessment, advice and information for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, specialist short breaks, emergency care, step down from hospital and end of life care. The Community Team cares for families in their own homes. The Multi-­disciplinary Team offers support for the entire family following diagnosis and through the whole disease process.

Chestnut Tree House also offers bereavement support and there is a specialist neo-natal care service for under-fives and transition advice for young people moving to adult services.

Finally, Chestnut Tree House offers care for families after the unexpected death of a child or young person.