GORING teacher Simrit Gill will be raising money for a cause close to her heart when she rides in the Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge this weekend.
The PE and dance subject leader at Chatsmore Catholic High School in Goring Street, is taking on the 60-mile ride which it is hoped will raise £300,000 for charities Norwood, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Down’s Syndrome Association.
She has a three-year-old nephew called Arjen who was born with Down’s syndrome, and the family has received vital support and advice from charities such as the Down’s Syndrome Association.
Fire-time rider Simrit, 32, will be taking on the challenge along with her boyfriend, Tom Bagshaw, and Arjen’s parents, her brother Ary Gill and sister-in-law Rupinder. In total, they hope to raise £2,000 between them.
Simrit, who lives in Hove and has been training around West Sussex to get used to hilly terrain, said: “There are many good reasons not to do the ride, such as exhaustion, pain, discomfort, sunburn, saddle-sores, sweaty clothes, bugs in teeth, and lycra!
“However, the charities that will benefit from Capital to Coast provide vital support to families like mine and need as much support as necessary. This is our way of saying thank you and ensuring that other families benefit from their work in the future.”
The Capital to Coast ride is on Sunday, July 10, and will see riders cycle from London to Brighton. It also offers alternative routes, including a 60-mile ride from Surrey to Hove, a 60-mile Hove to Hove circular and a shorter, 30-mile Haywards Heath to Hove route.
To sponsor Simrit and her team, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Team21