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BHT’s Around the World Cycle Challenge has raised over £15,000 for First Base Day Centre.
The fundraising challenge took place on Sunday the 25 June at Preston Park Velodrome where more than 350 people cycled and volunteered on the day.
The greatest distance cycled on the day was over 100 miles by Paul Bonnett from Bonnett’s Estate Agents. Five year old River Isaacs cycled five miles on her pink bicycle.
We didn’t make it around the world this year, but collectively we reached East Kazakhstan, which is 5,380km from Brighton and Hove. More importantly, though, the money raised will provide support and services for rough sleepers, and enable us to help them off the streets.
So many people have gone that extra mile and we are grateful to everyone involved in this event, not least the cyclists, young and old, and our sponsors. Our lead sponsor, G. Saunders and Sons deserve special mention for donating £3,000 which covered our costs of hosting this event.
Andy Winter, Chief Executive of BHT
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A small contribution can make a huge difference. BHT’s First Base Day Centre staff are asking people to make a small donation to help its clients prevent sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration this summer.
Summer can bring particular challenges for those in our communities sleeping on the streets. Being out in the blazing heat without adequate clothing and sun protection puts our clients at high risk of sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. You can help by supporting the First Base Amazon Wish list.
BHT’s First Base Day Centre needs a constant supply of boxers and socks, so that our clients feel the full benefit of the existing shower facilities.
This isn’t the most glamorous or obvious way to help the homeless community, but having a fresh change of underwear after a shower makes a huge difference to an individual’s wellbeing, not to mention the practical need for such items for job interviews and medical appointments. We also need sun creams and sun hats to adequately equip our clients for the current heat wave.
If you could support our clients by purchasing an item from our wish list they will be one step closer to moving away from homelessness.
If you happen to have any spare sun creams lying around at home, you can always drop them in to First Base Day Centre or to our head office at 144 London Road.
Thanks you so much for all your help and support. It truly makes a difference.
BHT’s First Base Day Centre is based in Brighton and offers a range of services to support people sleeping rough in the city. As well as access to on site healthcare and assistance to find housing and work, the service also provides nutritious food and hot showers.
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BHT has partnered with the new Brighton Bike Share team to offer an exciting and unique opportunity to ride the very first prototype of the new smart bike.
The bike will be seen and available to ride for the first time at BHT’s Around the World Cycle Challenge on Sun 25 June. The challenge aims to raise £25,000 for First Base Day Centre, which supports people who are rough sleeping in the city.
Brighton’s new Social Bicycles smart bikes will launch in the city in early September and will be available to hire online and via an app. Bikes can be located on the app and picked up from anywhere in the city, or from the 50 docking stations which are being installed across the city over the summer.
We’re looking forward to the new cycle scheme launching across the city before the end of summer and are delighted to see it already supporting a local charity and helping to improve our community.
Gill Mitchell, Lead Member for Environment & Stability at Brighton & Hove City Council
As the operators of the new bike sharing scheme for Brighton & Hove, we’re looking forward to being a part of such an important fundraising event for the community. We are looking forward to supporting Brighton Housing Trust and raising much-needed cash for its First Base Day Centre during this phenomenal cycling event.
Tim Caswell, MD at Hourbike