More than 500 cyclists joined Davina McCall’s annual Big Sussex Bike Ride which started at East Sussex National Golf Club, near Uckfield, yesterday.
This was the ninth bike ride held to raise funds for Action Medical Research and this time the TV star was joined by eighties singer Martin Fry and former Olympian Sally Gunnell.
Davina said afterwards: “Wow, what a turnout. I’m so pleased to see this event just continue to grow and grow.
“It’s an honour to meet and chat with so many people who enjoy getting out on their bikes and helping to raise vital funds for Action. I’m already excited for next year.”
Riders were able to choose from three routes of 21, 40 and 68 miles taking in towns and villages including Golden Cross, Horam, Woods Corner and Battle.
The event was sponsored by Benenden Hospital which also fielded a team of riders to help show support for the fundraiser.
Funds are still being collected for this year’s event, but since the first in 2011 Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride has raised more than £310,000 for Action.
Anyone interested in taking part in the 2020 fundraiser can already register their interest online here.
• Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds research to tackle diseases that devastate the lives of many children. It has funded medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952, including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.
The charity is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and other rare and distressing conditions.