Guildford, Woking and Spelthorne

Family cycling event to change lives for local people facing hardship

Family cycling event to change lives for local people facing hardship

Local charity, Surrey Care Trust has launched a BRAND NEW summer event, Sunset Cycle, with the aim to raise over £20,000 to help local people facing hardship turn their lives around.

Juliette Gillard, Surrey Care Trust Fundraising & Marketing Manager said: “”We saw a real gap in the market with this event.  Since the Olympics in 2012, cycling has been growing in popularity, and there are many cycling events, but there seems to be little on the market for families with young children.”

Juliette continues: “Since Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France victory and Team GB’s success in London 2012 Olympics, British Cycling’s memberships have increased by more than 50% to 75,000 and we want to harness this popularity to raise vital funds to help local people facing hardship turn their lives around.”

Hosted at Alice Holt Forest in Farnham, on Saturday 5th July at 4.30pm, the cycle ride is open to all members of the public, including children, with two different routes: a gentle cycle trail enclosed within Alice Holt Forest, of three miles, perfect for families and cycling beginners; and a more challenging road route of 15 miles for the more experienced cyclist.

Participants will get the chance to enjoy the beautiful sights of Surrey during a long summer’s evening, including Frensham Common and finish with a delicious BBQ on Alice Holt’s Green. Cyclists and supporters alike will also be treated to evening entertainment, with live music, face painting, a bouncy castle and more!

Juliette added: “Having the ride at sunset makes the event even more special and we want to encourage lots of people to take part, come and watch and volunteer on the day.  We encourage families and people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved, regardless of cycling ability. If you can ride a bike, you can enter!”

The event is being hosted by HR consultancy, QCG.  Alan Hurst, Managing Director at QCG said: “Surrey is generally regarded as home to the good life where all prosper – this is sadly not the case. We are delighted to support Surrey Care Trust in tackling disadvantage and hardship right across the County in a sustainable and practical way.”

Places are limited, with early bird entrance fees starting at £5 for children and £10 for adults.  The charity also asks that each entrant raises a minimum sponsorship amount of £100.

Surrey Care Trust is a local charity that changes lives.  The charity provides learning, training and mentoring to people of all ages and backgrounds facing hardship. Many of the people supported are young people.

To sign up to the event visit sunsetcycle.co.uk or call Ciara on 01483 426990.