Goring nurse completes cycle ride for Chestnut Tree House

Director of clinical services Gary McHardy and senior staff nurse Benita Milton, who cycled from Bognor to Paris
Director of clinical services Gary McHardy and senior staff nurse Benita Milton, who cycled from Bognor to Paris

A NURSE from a Goring hospital has completed the cycle ride of her life to raise money and awareness for The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

Benita Milton, senior staff nurse at BMI Goring Hall Hospital in Bodiam Avenue, set off from Felpham near Bognor Regis on June 15, with 12 other cyclists, including her husband, and arrived in France two days later.

The team, which was followed by a van and two supporters, cycled to Portsmouth where they caught a ferry to Caen in France, they then got back on their bikes and completed the 180-mile ride to Paris, where they arrived on June 17.

Benita said: “I’m very glad I put in the training in the months leading up to the challenge as it wasn’t easy.

“However, it was simply stunning, something I will never forget.”

Benita and her team, named the Sussex Stragglers, have taken part in other rides before, including the London to Brighton ride, and have cycled around the Isle of Wight.

Together they have raised more than £1,000, through sponsorship and donations for this ride.

Benita said: “The Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice really relies on charitable donations to keep up the great work they do.

“It is a lovely hospice that looks after terminally ill children and youngsters who need respite care.

“The staff there are truly wonderful and they do such a great job.”

To support Benita and her team, visit www.justgiving.com/The-Sussex-Stragglers.