Olympian, Sally Gunnell OBE, Leads Training Ride For Chestnut Tree House To Paris Cycle Challenge
Cyclists intent on raising vital funds for Sussex children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, met up recently for a training ride, in preparation for their 200-mile cycle challenge to Paris in October. In their midst was Olympian and the charity’s Patron, Sally Gunnell OBE DL, who is taking part in the challenge with her friend, Emma Rogers.
Sally said, “I’ve been a Patron of Chestnut Tree House for several years now and I have seen first-hand the incredible care the nursing team provide for the children and their families. I am always struck by what a happy place it is, full of amazing kids who are all living life to the full. I don’t think anybody could go there and not come away changed forever; you see the happiness and the hope and you think ‘I want to help and be a small part of that.’”
Bike shop, Giant Shoreham, supporters of the event, provided the meeting place, and the team cycled from there to the beautiful RSPB Wigginholt nature reserve in Pulborough. The training ride was a 40 mile round trip, with some moderate climbs thrown in for good measure. Just before Sally and the team were waved off by Rod Lambert of Giant Shoreham, Sally said: “Training is going well and this is a great opportunity to meet some of the other cyclists and get to know them before the trip to Paris. It’s going to be a challenge but we are all doing it with the same goal in mind – to help provide specialist care for local children. It’s going to be a great trip and Emma and I are really looking forward to it.”
The 200 mile cycle, will go through the French countryside, with a triumphant finish underneath the iconic Eiffel Tower. It’s the first ever Chestnut to Paris cycle challenge, and all monies raised go directly towards providing care for children and young people with life-shortening conditions, both at the hospice an in families’ own homes across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.
If you would like to sponsor Sally and Emma in their fundraising efforts, please visit www.justgiving.com/TheBaguettes.
If you are a keen cyclist and would like to support Chestnut Tree House, the charity has lots of local, national and overseas cycle challenges to suit all abilities. Just visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/cycle and join the Chestnut Cycle Team helping local life-limited children and their families.