Going the extra miles for Chestnut Tree Hospice

Richard Bartholomew who completed a 310 mile bike ride for Chestnut Tree House.Picture by Kate Shemilt. C140939-1 SUS-140710-085434001
Richard Bartholomew who completed a 310 mile bike ride for Chestnut Tree House.Picture by Kate Shemilt. C140939-1 SUS-140710-085434001

SHEER willpower saw a determined fundraiser over the finish line as he raised thousands for charity.

Richard Bartholomew, 41, of Slindon, a director at Bartholomews in Chichester, completed the Ride 24 London to Newcastle challenge – a 310-mile, non-stop bike ride.

He said the ride was a ‘good opportunity’ to raise money for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

“Chestnut Tree really looked after and supported good friends of ours who twice went through the tragedy of their child passing away,” he said.

The Arundel-based charity provides specialist palliative care to children and young adults with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over Sussex.

It currently costs more than £3m each year to provide all the care, and donations such as this are vital to the charity’s survival.

So far, Richard’s efforts have raised around £2,500.

He said he wanted to thank all the people who supported him on the marathon challenge.

“It was exhausting,” he said. “It was fairly flat for the first couple of hundred miles so everybody rode it very fast. Then all the hills were at the end. The last 80 miles were phenomenally hilly, at which point your legs have had enough.

“That was what made it so difficult.”

He said it was ‘willpower and fear of failure’ that helped him complete those final miles and get over the finishing line in Newcastle.

His training consisted of completing five rides of more than 100 miles in the two months leading up to the event, plus a weekly spinning class at the Westgate Leisure Centre, led by Richard Lake.

It is not too late to make a donation to Richard’s fundraising.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Richard-Bartholomew.