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8 May 2013
London Gatwick is once again getting the wheels in motion to raise much-needed funds for St Catherine’s Hospice as it gears up for the Sussex Weald Bike Ride on Sunday 19 May.
The airport is a proud sponsor of the annual cycling event, which raises awareness and resources to support the hospice’s critical work. Providing end of life care for terminally ill patients and their families, St Catherine’s supports people living in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey - the area immediately around Gatwick which many airport staff live in.
This year over 100 members of Gatwick staff, their families and friends will be taking part in the bike ride, which offers cyclists of all levels the chance to enjoy the scenic Sussex countryside on a number of routes. Bikers can choose from a gentle 10-mile course, a more testing 20-mile and 40-mile route or – for those wanting a real challenge – a 60-mile tour.
Lindsay Baldwin, Head of Community Engagement, London Gatwick, commented: “We are pleased to be supporting such an important local charity by once again sponsoring the Sussex Weald Bike Ride. St Catherine’s Hospice is a vital part of our community, providing care and comfort to families during their most difficult times and we hope other local people and companies are inspired to take to the saddle and raise funds.”
Jen Wickham, Events Fundraiser and bike ride spokesperson, St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We’re most grateful for Gatwick Airport’s support and looking forward to welcoming a host of families and teams of friends at the event. You can sign up on the day if you’re more of a fair-weather rider, but if you register before 9am on Monday 13 May, you will be entered into a free prize draw to win £75 of Evans Cycles vouchers. It promises to be a wheelie good day out!”
For more details please visit the St Catherine’s Hospice website or to register for the bike ride please click here.
Advanced registration for the bike ride (before Friday 10 May) is £15 per adult or £23 on the day. Under 18s cycle for free.
All four cycling routes start and end at Handcross Park School.
For further information about St Catherine’s Hospice please contact Siobhan Meaker on 01293 447362 or email email@example.com
t: + 44 (0) 1293 505000
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