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28 Feb, 19 / post / News
Seven Port Challenge

I think this is probably going to hurt (a lot), but nevertheless in May I’ll be cycling 180 miles in four days! Why would I do this to myself, I hear you ask? Well, I’m representing Cityzen in a team taking on the ‘Seven Port Challenge’.

The Seven Port Challenge

It’s an annual charity cycle ride, raising money for some truly worthwhile charities that Brighton & Hove’s Mayor has chosen to support during her mayoral year:

Starting in Brighton, we’ll pass through the following ports: Shoreham, Portsmouth, Caen (Ouistreham), Honfleur, Fecamp, Dieppe & Newhaven. Seven ports = Seven Port Challenge!

I’ll be honest. I’ve never cycled 66 miles in one day (Day 2 itinerary), let alone 180 miles in four days! But they tell me “you don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to do this challenge” so I’m taking them at their word (and doing some training).

How To Donate

Every £ raised really will make a big difference to these charities (cyclists pay for the travel and accommodation costs themselves). So I’m hoping I can count on your support.

Each cyclist has committed to raising a minimum of £750 to take part in the Seven Port Challenge, so that we reach our fundraising goal of £50,000.

Here’s the link to Seven Port Challenge’s Go Fund Me page where you can donate – simply click on the yellow ‘Donate’ or ’Donate Now’ button and it will take you to a donation page where my name is already pre-selected as the cyclist you wish to support.

A Bit About The Charities

If the thought of me pedalling my heart out for hours on end isn’t enough to persuade you, here’s some information about each of the charities your donation would help:

Martlets Hospice

Martlets provide practical care and emotional support to people with terminal illnesses and their family and friends. As well as the hospice itself, they have a mobile team to provide help at home. The Martlets Hospice opened in 1997 and has, since then, cared for and/or supported over 25,000 local people.


Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity that has been helping to improve the lives of sick children throughout Sussex for over 50 years. They raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, and work to ensure that sick children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.

Off The Fence Off

Off The Fence gives practical assistance to those in our community who are marginalised and vulnerable. Their work includes life-saving help for the homeless and a project to ensure those sleeping rough have access to health and hygiene services, a women’s support centre, and support for schools in Brighton & Hove.

Grace Eyre Foundation

The Grace Eyre Foundation helps people with learning disabilities to become part of and contribute to their communities; supporting them to gain independence, obtain housing, find employment and join activities. They work in Brighton & Hove and across Sussex and the South East.


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