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On Saturday 6 July, Spencer Hodge and Dan Clark are setting off from Worthing on a 1,700-mile cycling challenge to Sicily to raise money for Chestnut Tree House.
The duo, who both work at Splashpoint Leisure Centre, are no strangers to a challenge, having cycled 1,131 from Worthing to Alicante two years ago, but this challenge will be their hardest to date – 24 days of cycling, covering between 60 and 100 miles each day – with fundraising target of £10,000.
Travelling through France, Switzerland and then Italy, the journey will include stops in the cities of Paris, Milan, Rome and Naples, and they will be camping in all weather conditions.
Spencer said: “We are cycling over 1,700 miles unsupported and know it won’t be easy! But it will all be worth it as we know that we’re raising money for such an important charity.”
Dan continued: “Myself and Spencer visited Chestnut Tree House recently to have a tour of the hospice and were blown away by what we saw. The care team work so hard to ensure that the children can make the most of every moment, and they are there to support families every step of the way. Chestnut Tree House need to raise £6,850 every day to provide all their care services, and if that isn’t enough of a reason to fundraise, I’m not sure what is!”
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “This is an incredible challenge that Spencer and Dan are taking on. It costs over £4 million every year to provide all our care and less than 6% of that comes from central government, which means we rely heavily on the generosity and support of our local community.
“Without people like Spencer and Dan, who go above and beyond to fundraise for us, we wouldn’t be able to continue offering vital care to local life-limited children and their families. On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House I would like to say a huge thank you, and good luck!”
If you would like to support Spencer and Dan, visit their JustGiving page here.