(PRWEB UK) 13 May 2013
Organised by Burgess Hill Haywards Heath and District Round Table and Burgess Hill District Lions Club with the main beneficiary being St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care Centre, the event has raised almost £175,000 for good local causes since 2000.
Round Table and The Lions took over the organisation of the event in 2000 and last year 519 riders took to the saddle choosing between 10, 20 and 40 mile routes through the breathtaking Sussex countryside; raising almost £10,000 in the process.
Steve Cronin, Chairman of the Burgess Hill Bike Ride Committee said, “The ride remains popular for a number of reasons; primarily, I believe, because cyclists enjoy the way in which the event is organised. We welcome families, Sunday cyclists and the more experienced rider warming up for the London to Brighton Bike Ride.
“The routes are also integral to the ride’s success. All start and finish at Oakmeeds Community College in the centre of Burgess Hill and this year the 40-mile route goes west to Henfield with views of the South Downs. After a brief stop at Wickwoods Country Club, riders head east through Hurstpierpoint, Ditchling and Plumpton before returning to Oakmeeds via St Peter & St James Hospice.
“Even the shortest route takes riders through Ditchling Common and the country lanes up to Wivelsfield Green; it’s an idyllic ride and great fun.
“And then there are the charities that the Burgess Hill Bike Ride supports. St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care Centre has touched many people’s lives. The care that they provide for terminally ill patients, their friends and family is truly incredible. This year it will take £2.2 million pounds to enable St Peter & St James to provide their services to those who need them and they receive only 15.7% of their funding from the Government. This means that the Hospice has to raise over £6,000 per day from charitable donations. I’m delighted the bike ride can help.”
Everything cyclists need to know about the Burgess Hill Bile Ride can be found at http://www.burgesshillbikeride.co.uk. Registration and sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the website along with details of the routes.