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Most people think of summer and think of BBQs, seaside strolls and relaxing in the sunshine. But not Spencer Hodge and Dan Clark. The two friends from Worthing decided to push boundaries and cycle an incredible 1,700 miles from Worthing to Sicily in July. The challenge took 24 days and they have just announced their final fundraising total – an incredible £10,000 for their local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.
“This epic adventure battered us relentlessly, causing an unbelievable amount of stress on our bodies. We camped in all weather conditions and environments; temperatures were getting up to 40 degrees. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it for an amazing local charity”, said Spencer and Dan.
Starting on Saturday 6 July, the pair were waved off by crowds gathered at The Rose and Crown in Worthing. On the first stint of their adventure, 10 other avid cyclists joined them to Newhaven before the pair got on a ferry to Dieppe, France.
The pair cycled at altitude and faced all weather conditions; travelling across various terrains. They cycled over the French Alps into Switzerland, then into Italy and all the way down to Catania, Sicily; exploring some amazing cities along the way, such as Paris, Milan, Rome and Naples.
“Wow – what an amazing adventure! On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I would like to say an enormous thank you to Spencer and Dan,” says Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House. “Your support helps local children and their families who know they don’t have long together live life to the full and, when the time comes, say goodbye in the way that is right for them.”
For taking on a challenge. For local families. For the Now.