Sussex entrepreneur urges cyclists to make every pedal count
30th August 2016
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Tim is seeking other cyclists to join his team and raise vital funds to help care for children with life-shortening conditions across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.

“I have been involved with Chestnut Tree since they first opened their doors back in 2003, and have been a Patron for the hospice since around 2008,” says Tim. “Having been involved with the hospice in so many ways over the years, I can really see the benefits it gives to the children and their families. The more I understand about the care they receive, the more I can see that it is as much about the family as the sick child.  The respite care they receive from Chestnut Tree is such a wonderful time for them, and gives them a chance to be a family, to do what they need to do and spend precious time together.

“Last year we had a fantastic team of around 28 people and raised over £4,000. There was a real mix of ability - some team members were absolute beginners and some serious cyclists. This year I want to make it bigger and better and urge anybody that is interested to register with Team TAF (Tim and Friends).

“The ride is a challenge, but not impossible by any means. The serious folk can do the 103km route, and the plodders 32km, this year I am aiming for the middle range of 66km. I’m really looking forward to the cakes and treats and the stops, seeing so many people smiling and the look of a sense of achievement on people’s faces at the end.

“On paper, I have a rigid and 100% completed training plan – in reality I panic about four weeks before the event!”

This year’s ride takes place on Sunday 25 September, and returns for its third year with an exciting new route starting at Plumpton Racecourse in Lewes. The route will take in the beautiful East Sussex countryside, passing through towns and villages including Uckfield, Buckstead, Horam, Mayfield and Rotherfield.

Registration for the event closes on Wednesday 14 September 2016 and costs £35.  Entry is open to anyone over the age of 18 (over 16's can participate if accompanied by an adult) and includes chip timing and refreshments en route. 

For anybody that wants to get their spokes spinning for Chestnut Tree - you can find out more and sign up for the Chestnut Sussex 100 by visiting If you wish to join Tim’s team you can do so during the registration process – simply choose Team TAF from the list of teams. 

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Chestnut Tree

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Chestnut Tree is the children’s hospice service for East Sussex. Each year, they look after hundreds of local children with life-shortening conditions, their siblings and families, giving them the chance...

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