Excitement builds for that big day in June. Have you decided yet which way you will go?

The starting gun has been fired, and we are focusing on that big day in June. Such days are when the people can make the difference.

I refer, of course, to the BHT Around the World Cycle Challenge, our epic mass-participation challenge to cycle ‘around the world’ in just 12 hours!

On Sunday 25th June adults and children will take to their bikes at Preston Park Velodrome to cycle laps towards a collective distance of 40,075km.

With cyclists setting their own pace and completing as few or as many laps as they wish, this is an exciting, family-friendly challenge for all abilities.

It is hoped that this unique event will raise £25,000, to enable First Base Day Centre to continue to help people to move away from the streets, and on to independent and healthy lives.

Every penny raised will go towards providing food, health services, showers and laundry facilities, and most importantly person-centred advice to help find accommodation and employment. Last year First Base Day Centre helped 306 people to move off the streets.

We are appealing to the whole community to come along and get pedalling! We need as many cyclists to participate as possible if we are to reach 40,075km in just 12 hours. Why not form a team with your family, friends or colleagues, and have a really great time getting fit whilst also supporting an important local cause?

There is even an option to take part from afar. My colleague, Sara Peskett, BHT’s Fundraising Officer, said: “If you’re not able to join us at the velodrome on the day you can take part on an exercise bike at home or at a gym, or even hop on your bike elsewhere. All you need to do is register to take part and then email or tweet us your distance on the day to be added to the overall total. Be a part of this never-before-attempted challenge!”

To register for Around the World Cycle 2017 please visit www.bht.org.uk. Alternatively, donations can be made through Brighton Housing Trust’s JustGiving page.

This event has been made possible with sponsorship from socially and ethically-aware businesses, including Kemp Town Flooring Co., Robert Heath Heating and Groundscapes. If you own a business and would like to support the challenge please see our website.

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