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Over 400 cyclists Hit the Downs to raise £23,000 for St Barnabas House

Wednesday 16 May 2018

On Sunday 6 May, 425 people took to their bikes and cycled either 30 or 60km in the second annual Hit the Downs MTB event, organised by St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House.

Tuxedo Tourists line up before the start of Hit the Downs MTB

Sponsorship money is still coming in, but the event is set to raise around £23,000 for St Barnabas House, which will cover over 14 days of Day Hospice care.

A range of people took part in Hit the Downs MTB, from individuals and families to cycling clubs and corporate teams.

Riders opted for either a 30 or 60km route, which started and ended within the grounds of Windlesham House School.

The first cyclists set off at 7:20am, and started arriving back mid-morning, with the final participants passing the finish line just before 5pm.

Buddington Bottom Bikers after completing Hit the Downs MTB

Nick Laudram (second from left) took part in Hit the Downs as part of the Buddington Bottom Bikers team

Nick Laudram, director at Eurotiles and Bathrooms, was riding with Steve Bosley, Kelvin Fry and Jon Funnell as part of a team of four called the Buddington Bottom Bikers. Between them have already raised over £2,000 for St Barnabas House.

Explaining his reasons for taking part in the event, Nick said: “My father-in-law, Ray Oakley, was looked after a few years ago (by St Barnabas House). The care he received was amazing. We’ve all got connections to the hospice over many years and it’s a great thing to raise some money for. You realise, all this money that’s raised, they need every penny.”

Lisa Beck, 46, a forensic scientist from Redhill, was one of the first riders to complete the 60km route. Lisa is training for a 700km, 7 day ride through the Pyrenees later this year.

Lucy Brady, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House, said: “We introduced Hit the Downs MTB to our events calendar last year and it was really successful, so we were delighted to be able to repeat it in 2018. It was great to get so much positive feedback on the day and all the participants and supporters seemed to really enjoy it.

“St Barnabas House relies heavily on the support of the local community so that they can continue to provide all their specialist care services, so events like this really are invaluable.

“We’re hoping to raise around £23,000 for St Barnabas House and would like to thank all the cyclists who took part, as well as the supporters and volunteers who helped out.”