We made it to Brighton!


18 November 2011, by

In my last blog post I told you that a number of Softwire employees and friends were preparing to cycle 60 miles to Brighton on a sponsored ride for Teenage Cancer Trust (here’s our sponsorship page).

The good news

Our running total for sponsorship raised is nearly at £2000 at the time of writing, including Gift Aid. The money raised by Softwire employees from our Brighton cycle ride will be matched by an equal donation from Softwire. This will be added to the total (currently around £1750) from our other fundraising activities throughout the year, such as an on-the door collection at our annual party, making over  £5000 (and counting) raised by Softwire for Teenage Cancer Trust in 2011.

The other good news is that we did all make it to Brighton somehow!

The faster group arrive at Brighton pier

The journey

Having been fortified by pasta or pizza from our local Italian restaurant the night before, we set off from the office at around 9.30 am and made our way over Waterloo Bridge. From there we headed south out of London, through Croydon and finally arrived at our first sight of the countryside (which also seemed to be where the hills started!).

Watch us go!

The weather was perfect for an event like this – cloudy but not cold or rainy, and the leaves on the trees were turning to glorious autumnal reds, oranges and yellows to cheer us on our way. A ride through the lovely Surrey and Sussex countryside was made even more enjoyable by stopping off for a delicious pub lunch (we kept off the beer, though…). Then, finally, it was on to the infamous Ditchling Beacon, and finally the home straight – or rather, the home downhill – which led us all the way down to Brighton Pier, to enjoy some hard-earned fish and chips!

Team in good spirits at a pub stop

What the money we raised will achieve

Teenage Cancer Trust build specialist teenage cancer units in NHS hospitals, which improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer. We are really grateful to everyone who has supported us so enthusiastically and donated money on our fundraising website, which will all go towards this very deserving cause.

Teenage Cancer Trust’s website states that it costs:

  • Between £500,000 and £3.5million to build and equip a new unit
  • Around £50,000 to fund a Nurse Consultant

Teenage Cancer Trust’s aim is to build enough wards so that by 2012, every teenager will be treated in one. We are looking forward to helping them to achieve this aim by sending a cheque for a significant amount of money to them at the end of the year.

Many thanks again to everyone who has supported the Brighton cycle ride and Softwire’s other charitable activities this year. Next time – Paris?

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