Ride London to Brighton with Enham TrustLeading Hampshire-based disability charity Enham Trust is charity of the year for the London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2015 and is calling YOU to take part on 6th September. The 54 mile-long route will begin at Clapham Common, travelling across idyllic country lanes through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally finishing on the colourful and bustling Brighton seafront.

Enham Trust is still able to offer cyclists who can raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, the opportunity to take on the ultimate endurance task. No previous experience is required and training & fitness advice will be offered to all who take part on behalf of the charity. As the event approaches, Enham Trust’s Event’s Fundraiser Liz Lunn speaks openly to participant David Fitzgerald about why he has chosen to support the charity in this unique way…

Are you a keen cyclist or is it a recent interest?

Somewhere in-between; it started off as just an interest, and then I replaced my car with a bike and haven’t gone back, I love it!

Have you ever cycled London to Brighton before?

No, but it’s a ride I’ve always wanted to do.

What inspired you to take on the challenge of the London to Brighton cycle?

I always like to have a goal and something to train for so when I saw this I signed up straight away.

What made you choose to support Enham Trust?

I first heard about Enham Trust because my other half works there. Since volunteering at Enham Trust events, I have seen the amazing work they do and met the clients they support. It is an honour to wear a cycling jersey in Enham Trust’s name!

What advice would you give other cyclists who perhaps don’t have the confidence to take on this type of challenge?

Get down to Enham Trust and meet some of their disabled clients! They forever have to overcome challenges on a daily basis; something that has made me change my own outlook on life. Confidence is knowing you can do it, and if you enjoy cycling you can do this ride. It’s a safe route; no cars, a marshalled event, a large number of participants across a broad range of capabilities. There will be lots of people to support you, food and drink spots along the way, and most of all it’s about having fun, which is what riding a bike is all about, whilst making a difference. Think of the satisfaction…. and the medal at the end. Sign up!

Do you have a time in mind for completing this iconic event?

I hope to complete it in less than 3.5 hours.

Do you have any other bike ride events coming up?

I am considering booking a place on the London to Paris bike ride in July 2016 for Enham Trust, so that may be my next challenge if this one goes well!

Registration costs just £40, for which participants get a free cycling jersey, information pack, and on route support; including pampering and a free buffet lunch. All funds raised will go towards the charity’s vital work; supporting over 7,500 disabled and disadvantaged people across the country to live the lives they choose and gain greater independence in every aspect of their lives.

If you are looking for your next challenge and, like David, want to cycle the London to Brighton, Enham Trust has a place for you!

Please contact Liz Lunn on 01264 345817 e: liz.lunn@enhamtrust.org.uk

You can also book here: www.enhamtrust.org.uk/london-to-brighton

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