A cycling event organised by Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) and CSS Events took place last Sunday, raising over ten thousand pounds for BHT’s First Base Day Centre for rough sleepers, as well as significant funds for other local causes.
Hundreds of people took part in the event, comprised of a family-friendly challenge around Preston Park Velodrome track and a 60- or 30-mile route across the South Downs.
Participants crossing the finishing line were given a warm welcome and were greeted by The Choir With No Name, a local choir working in partnership with BHT for people who are homeless or who have experienced homelessness. Also joining the choir were The Penny Farthing Club, Brighton & Hove buses and Evans Cycles, who provided free bike mechanical support for participants and spectators.
Lauren Ellis, Fundraising Manager at BHT said:
“It was fantastic to see so many local people getting on their bikes and taking on this unique challenge. There was a really positive atmosphere at the Velodrome and it was lovely to see so many families and children taking to the track! The fundraising for BHT will go towards First Base Day Centre, helping rough sleepers in our city to get off the streets and into a place they can call home.”
The event was sponsored by KSD Group, a building maintenance and facilities management company based in Brighton, and McLaren Property, a property developer and construction group with several previous and ongoing mixed-use projects in Brighton.
KSD Group’s Managing Director, Peter McDonnell, said:
“We are proud sponsors of the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge, which is supporting Brighton Housing Trust. KSD are fully committed to supporting the valuable work that BHT carry out to change the lives of thousands of local people. BHT offers a range of services to help vulnerable and desperate people to reclaim their lives by creating opportunity and promoting change. The Cycle Challenge is an innovative way for individuals to have fun and raise money for worthy causes.”
To donate £3 to BHT text GBCC to 70085 or to find out more about the event visit bht.org.uk.