Cycle shops provide gift from Santa

Giant Shoreham's Santa Cycle along Worthing seafront
Giant Shoreham's Santa Cycle along Worthing seafront
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CYCLING Santas produced a £500 gift for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

Giant Shoreham and sister shop Mr Cycles in Seaford took part in the Wear a Santa Suit Day campaign, organising a weekend full of fundraising activities.

Staff and customers pedalled a static bike in the Little High Street shop, completing the equivalent of just over 50 miles, last Saturday.

The next day, the Santa Cycle saw a host of staff dressed up for a ride from Shoreham, along Worthing seafront and back.

Owner Rod Lambert said: “The Santa suits proved to be a very effective on our Santa ride, with cars and other road users giving us plenty of room on the road and lots of encouragement with waves and toots.

“It was a very successful Santa weekend and we are delighted to be able to support Chestnut Tree House and the wonderful work that they do.”

He said the two shops combined, which he owns with his wife Maria, raised around £500 for the children’s hospice.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Many thanks to the Santas of cycle shop Giant Shoreham and Mr Cycles for taking part in the Wear a Santa Suit Day campaign for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.”

The annual Wear a Santa Suit Day hospice fundraising campaign was launched three years ago to raise money for St Barnabas House in Worthing.

The initiative was then extended last year, to support the children’s hospice in Poling, near Arundel, as part of its tenth birthday celebrations.