South Downs trek for charity

Trek for Brighton and Hove Albion in the the Community SUS-150909-143835001
Trek for Brighton and Hove Albion in the the Community SUS-150909-143835001

A group of walkers raised more than £10,000 after trekking 25 miles across the South Downs to celebrate a charity’s 25th anniversary.

Thirty five people took part in the sponsored trek, which was organised to raise money for Albion in the Community (AITC), the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

The trek began early on Sunday morning (September 6) with the team leaving Lewes and heading to Beachy Head near Eastbourne, with regular refreshment stops to keep the participants fuelled for the challenge.

And the group was joined for the last two-and-a-half miles by Matt Francis, a player with the Brighton and Hove Albion powerchair football team.

The 17-year-old, who has been training with the England team, signed up for the challenge after the charity helped raise the £7,200 needed to buy him the specialist powerchair required to take his place in the national side.

At the end of the trek, he said, “It was an incredible event and it was lovely to see the support Albion in the Community received.

“The money raised will make a real difference to people all around Sussex.”

The money will help fund some of the vast range of projects which AITC runs across the county. In the last 12 months alone the charity engaged with more than 30,000 people.

The charity needs people to take part in running and cycling challenges. Visit

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