£5k bike ride in memory of local church leader

(Left to right) Victoria Lawrence, fundraising coordinator for St Catherine's Hospice, Ann Apted, wife of the late Rev. Peter Apted, and Toby Smallwood
(Left to right) Victoria Lawrence, fundraising coordinator for St Catherine's Hospice, Ann Apted, wife of the late Rev. Peter Apted, and Toby Smallwood

A LOCAL man organised a charity bike ride in memory of a well known churchman.

On Saturday April 2 the ride, organised by Toby Smallwood, in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice and St Leonard’s Church in Horsham took place in memory of Rev. Peter Apted.

The ride, which 40 people from the Horsham area took part in, followed the 33-mile stretch of the Downs Link bridleway from Bramley to Shoreham. Weather conditions were ‘ideal participants had a fantastic time’.

A ‘staggering total’ in excess of £5,000 has been raised, which has been divided equally between St Catherine’s Hospice and the youth and community outreach work at St Leonard’s.

Toby would like to express his ‘sincere thanks’ to Bliss Bikes of Partridge Green who sponsored the event and to The Swiss Cottage public house at Shoreham who very kindly hosted the finish of the ride.

Also to all the riders who took part, to the 20 people who helped on the day by marshalling road crossings and manning checkpoints and also to St Catherine’s Hospice for their invaluable help in organising the event.

Victoria Lawrence, fundraising coordinator for St Catherine’s said, “We are very grateful to Toby for organising this wonderful event. This year the hospice needs to raise £4.7m through voluntary donations and this will only be possible with the help of our local community.”

Toby told the County Times: “I live in Horsham and have been attending St Leonard’s church in Cambridge Road for a number of years, where I’m a volunteer children’s and youth worker.

“The ride was in memory of the late Rev Peter Apted, who passed away at the beginning of last year after a battle against cancer.

“During his illness he received care at home from St Catherine’s Hospice so that is why I chose to raise money for them.

“He was also really great with young people and that is why sponsorship raised has been divided equally between St Catherine’s and St Leonard’s church youth/outreach work.”