Friends to cycle 75 miles a day for Horsham charity

Toby Rixon and Gary Blunden prepare for Glasgow to Horsham charity bike ride for Horsham Matters  S12130357a -photo by Steve Cobb

Toby Rixon and Gary Blunden prepare for Glasgow to Horsham charity bike ride for Horsham Matters S12130357a -photo by Steve Cobb

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TWO Horsham bikers are cycling more than 500 miles over the course of a week to raise money for Horsham Matters.

Friends Gary Blunden and Toby Rixon are cycling from Glasgow to Horsham - a total of 526 miles - over seven days starting on Sunday April 15.

They plan to cross the finish line at the Horsham Matters shop on Guildford Road on Sunday April 22 meaning they aim to cover an average of just over 75 miles every day.

Gary works for Horsham storage company Lok ‘n Store, which recently picked Horsham Matters as its charity of the year and the partnership inspired him to raise money for them.

He said: “Horsham Matters fitted perfectly for us as we wanted to back our own community. We’re trying to raise £1,000.

“We’re going to put up pictures and comments on Facebook and there’s going to be a finishing line at the Horsham Matters shop on April 22.”

Toby, who works as a tree surgeon, added: “I work 13-hour days so Gary’s done more training than me. I’ve only just got my bike.

“It’s a bit of an adventure.”

Horsham Matters takes donations of furniture, bric-a-brac, clothes, soft furnishings and toys and sells them on at reasonable prices.

The charity can also help if people need to do a house clearance.

As well as raising money for Horsham Matters, Gary and Toby are asking people to donate items on their ‘checklist’, which amount to about £250 each.

Among the items are cycling helmets and various pieces of cycling equipment including bike locks, types pumps, drink holders and lights.

They also need cycling clothing and camping equipment including shorts, socks, jackets, sunglasses and a tent, sleeping bags, mats, torches, camping cooking utensils, a first aid kit and video camera to record their travels.

They have set up a website where people can leave their financial donations.

Anyone wanting to donate equipment or who would prefer to donate money directly can call Gary on 07773 883152.

To ‘like’ their Facebook page and see their progress click here