I’m really pleased that BHT supporters, estate agent Paul Bonett and his friend, Jim Stephenson, are set to return to their incredible 1,000 mile cycling and golf challenge this August, having had to abandon and postpone it in June due to a family emergency.
Paul and Jim Stephenson set off on 1 June 2015 with the aim of cycling from the Orkney Islands to Paris in 20 days, to raise money for First Base Day Centre. Sadly, after six days they received news that a family member of Paul’s had become seriously ill, causing the pair to end their challenge and return home quickly.
Thankfully, the pair are planning to get back in their saddles on 1st August and to complete their challenge on 13th August.
Paul said: “The support we’ve received from everyone so far has been amazing. It was a very scary and difficult time when I learned about a loved-one being rushed to hospital, but with the care of the wonderful NHS staff I’m delighted to say that we expect a full and quick recovery.
“Jim and I now want to finish what we started and continue with our crazy challenge, cycling 1,000 miles, and playing 8 rounds of charity golf and teaching aikido classes along the way too! We’ve raised £2,900 so far and we really want to hit our target of £10,000 for First Base Day Centre which is a cause very close to my heart.”
This fundraising challenge is so important for us at BHT. Little can be achieved in Brighton to tackle the number of people on the streets if it wasn’t for First Base. Unfortunately, it costs BHT around £100,000 a year more to run the day centre than we get in funding, so this fundraising event is one that I would urge you to support.
To find out more about Paul and Jim’s challenge and to donate, please visit their online fundraising page.