Family Urges Everyone To Take A Cycling Challenge To Support First Base

The O’Connell family in Brighton are taking part in the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge on Sunday July 1 at Preston Park Veldrome, to raise funds for BHT’s critical work at First Base Day Centre.  They are appealing for more families to sign up.

Daniel, who works for the charity, and son Jacob O’Connell (6) will be trying to clock up the miles with laps around the Preston Park velodrome.  Last year Jacob managed 8 laps.  This all day family-friendly event provides options for less confident and more experienced cyclists.

For more information and to register for one of the challenges, visit

It was fun last time and I want to beat daddy now I’m bigger and I’ve got a new bike from Cranks. I want to do 20 laps this time.

Jacob, a participant last year

Every day First Base staff and volunteers make an inspiring difference to people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city. We want to help raise awareness of our range of services which support people to get off the streets. First Base helps them start realising their aspirations through work, learning and leisure and find a place they can call home.

It doesn’t matter how little you can do. Children can cycle around the oldest cycle track in the country for only £5 and will all receive a medal, have fun and raise vital funds for a great service in Brighton.

Daniel, staff member at BHT

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