Burgess Hill Bike Ride 2018
The main beneficiary of the 25th Burgess Hill Bike Ride on 4th June 2017 was St Peter & St James Hospice: other local charitable projects will be supported via the Lions and Rotary Clubs.
The event started and finished at The Burgess Hill Academy and riders were fortunate to have a fine day for cycling – not too hot! Almost 400 riders took part in the event and signed up for one of the 10, 20 or 40 mile routes. Burgess Hill Community Radio was at the start to assist the Bike Ride with announcements and also interview riders both at the Start and when they returned.
The ride only takes place thanks to the efforts of over sixty volunteers who marshalled the Bike Ride, registered entrants, manned water stops and generally looked after the whole event. In addition, many local firms, as usual, kindly provided water, chocolate bars and bananas for the riders.
Last year, the Burgess Hill Bike Ride was very grateful to Sigma Partners, who sponsored the T-shirts on our 25th Anniversary. These were given free to all entrants. Because of this the Bike Ride was able to raise a total of over £8,000, half of which went to St Peter & St James Hospice and the remainder to other local charitable projects supported by the joint organisers, Burgess Hill District Lions Club and Burgess Hill and District Rotary Club.
Due to the Big Give project, sponsored by the Government for a short time in early December, the money given to St Peter & St James Hospice was able to be doubled to £8,000, as they had a Dementia project that was supported by the Big Give. This had a budget of £40,000 and they had raised £47,000 by the end of the qualifying period. So in essence, the Bike Ride had raised over £12,000 for charity!
A formal presentation was made to St Peter & St James Hospice on 22nd January 2018 in the presence of both Lions and Rotarians. The photo shows from left to right, Rotarian and Bike Ride Organiser Brian Lewis, Wendy Agate, Community Fundraiser for St Peter & St James Hospice, Lion and Bike Ride Organiser Terri Stephens and Lion President John Carter.
The 26th Burgess Hill Bike Ride will be held on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and the main beneficiary this year will be the Chailey Heritage Foundation. T-shirts will again be sponsored by Sigma Partners. Launch events will be held in the Market Place on 7th April and 5th May and at Southdowns Nurseries on 15th April and 13th May. Further information and Application Forms can be found on the Bike Ride website: www.burgesshillbikeride.co.uk