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On 11 and 12 September, a team of cyclists from Shoreham-based company, Pyroban, took on the ‘Way of the Roses’ coast-to-coast cycle challenge from Morecambe to Bridlington, to raise money for Chestnut Tree House.
So far they have raised a massive £3,692, and donations are still coming in.
The team of seven – Stephen Burns, Lewis Cleary, Rob Double, Tony Fowler, Steve Matthews, Matt Roskams and Dave Waring – set off on Monday 11 September and cycled the 170-mile route, finishing at 2.15pm on Tuesday 12 September.
Tony Fowler from Pyroban said: “Chestnut Tree House is our Charity of the Year and we wanted to do something really challenging to raise money for them. The route was tough, but it was a fantastic experience, and we’re delighted that we’ve raised so much for such a worthwhile charity. Chestnut Tree House works so hard to support local children with life-shortening conditions and their families, and we feel honoured to be able to do our bit to help.”
The team were assisted along the way by two of their Pyroban colleagues, Darren Boiling and Adil Siganporia. In addition to getting sponsorship from a range of local businesses, the team had support from CSM Bakery and Tesco Crawley, who provided some energy-snacks for the challenge, as well as Pavilion Cars Worthing, who gave them a discount on their vehicle hire for the trip.
Vicky Norman, Corporate Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “It costs us over £3.5 million each year to provide all the specialist care services to local life-limited children and their families. Only 7% of this comes from central government, so the support of the local community and companies like Pyroban, is invaluable to us.
“The amount the Pyroban team have currently raised from their Way of the Roses cycle challenge will cover the cost of a three-night break at Chestnut Tree House for a child, allowing them to enjoy the hydrotherapy pool, relax in the multi-sensory room and join in with a host of activities, as well as giving seven children the chance to visit the hospice for the day.
“From everyone at Chestnut Tree House, thank you.”