FOR THE last ten years, the Rotary Club of Chichester Harbour has organised a series of successful annual charity cycle rides from Chichester to its twinned city of Chartres, which in total have raised in excess of £100,000 for local charities.
This year, the club is planning something slightly different and a little closer to home, but they hope that this new event will prove to be equally appealing and certainly no less challenging for enthusiastic cyclists who want to help raise money for a worthwhile cause.
This year, during the weekend of September 7-8, participants will be cycling to and around the Isle of Wight, a location that is practically on our doorstep, but one that many local people have possibly never visited, let alone contemplated cycling around in the course of a weekend.
Including cycling from Chichester to Portsmouth on the outward and return journeys, and circumnavigating the island, the total distance cycled will be around 120 miles. The final route has still to be finalised, but it will follow much of the picturesque coastline, offering magnificent views, and an undulating and sometimes hilly route that should present most cyclists with a unique, yet attainable challenge.
The cost of the trip is £150 per person, which includes outward/return FastCat crossings as a foot passenger with a bicycle (pedal or electric), and dinner, bed and breakfast. The cost includes transportation of an overnight bag in a hired van, and basic backup and support during the event.
As is always the case for RCCH’s charity cycle events, all money raised goes to local charities, and this year, Stonepillow has been chosen as the main beneficiary, which is particularly fitting as 2019 is the charity’s 30th anniversary. Participants will be asked to fundraise a minimum of £250 each (or £400 per couple/parent and child).
Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support to empower homeless and vulnerable people to make positive changes in their lives, and provides a range of services in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, including day centres, hostels, a recovery service, supported housing and charity shops. The charity gives people the opportunity to learn new skills and access education, training and employment.
Potential participants should contact Janie Foote on 07798 805784 or e-mail: email@example.com for further information and/or to reserve their place.