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15 September 2019: London to Brighton bike ride

Do you want to test your limits or do you just love cycling? 

Do you have the stamina and willpower to cycle from London to Brighton?

If you have ever wanted to get involved in a charity cycle ride, here is your chance to raise vital money for a ward or department of your choice for Southampton Hospital Charity. 


On Sunday 15 September you will start in South London, travel through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally to Brighton having completed 54 miles. Around 2,000 cyclists are expected to take part, raising over £20,000 for charity and putting their pedal power to the test.

Southampton Hospital Charity are looking for volunteers to take part in this fantastic event. No previous experience is required and with a bit of training the 54 mile route should easily be within your capabilities. The spirit of the event is ‘taking part’ not ‘winning’ so you can pedal at your own pace!


Registration fee: £55 (30th June price rise to £60) 

Minimum sponsorship: £100

To book your place click here 

It's not a race, it's a journey, so enjoy the moment!


Some of our challengers...

Francesca’s story
“My husband James and my step dad Paul are doing the London to Brighton in memory of our daughter Francesca. Our care started from 20 weeks pregnant at Princess Anne Hospital up until the day she passed away at 8 weeks old. We received lots of care in your hospital in several departments and a lot of different specialists and are forever thankful for the care everyone provided in looking after our daughter. 

The money we raise is going to the neonatal intensive care unit as they truly saved our daughters life on several occasions and we wouldn't have the previous memories we did of her without them.” Mum, Charlie.


Becky Connaught is a staff member from the Urology department: “I ran the Brighton Marathon in 2015 and decided that I needed a new challenge. Friends had said that they had previously enjoyed cycling, so I decided why not take it up and do the London to Brighton bike ride.

 I decided that it would be a long ride on my own so asked a couple of people in the office if they wanted to join me. I work very closely with the Urology Day Unit so they seemed liked a worthy cause for the fundraising to go to. This then inspired some of the Urology Day Unit team to cycle with us and some of our Consultants also offered to cycle and raise money too. 

As most of us were all novice cyclists we knew we would have to put the training in to be able to complete the 54 miles. Well most of us did, some just attempted it on the day! We set up a ‘cycle club’ and enjoyed Sunday morning rides around the New Forest. 

Having a large team meant that on the day we could split into smaller groups so everyone could cycle at their own pace and have company during the route. It also meant we could have a competition to see who could win - a sweepstake for the top 3 to help raise a little more money! It was such a good experience that no doubt will be repeated."


Greg Catley’s story
On 17 August 2014 my son Archie was born by emergency c-section after my wife and I went to the day unit at Princess Anne Hospital with reduced movements. The medical staff could tell that Archie was in distress and needed to be delivered immediately.  

When he was born he was very poorly, having inhaled meconium and had been starved of oxygen. The condition was called HIE and the decision was made to treat Archie with a technique called therapeutic hypothermia, also known as 'cooling treatment' where the baby's body temperature is reduced for 72 hours in order to prevent brain damage and then the baby is warmed back up again. 

Without this amazing treatment and the wonderful care from the staff at the neonatal unit at Southampton, Archie may not be the perfectly healthy little boy he is today and we consider ourselves incredibly lucky that this care was available and Archie made a full recovery. Since Archie's stay in the paediatric intensive care unit I knew that I wanted to do something for charity to raise money for the unit, so this is why I have signed up to do the London to Brighton cycle. I would love to give something back to them, for saving our little boys life." 

To book your place click here

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