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Lockdown charity challenge for Crawley hospice

A Crawley energy worker is preparing to embark on a 73-mile lockdown charity challenge, which will raise more than £700 for St Catherine’s Hospice.

From Press releases - 4 May 2020 12:00 AM

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Clair Hunt, a management accountant at UK Power Networks, has picked VE Day 75 on Friday (May 8) to cycle 60 miles, without leaving home, then walk 13 miles.

Her bike ride will be on a turbo trainer using an indoor cycling app, Zwift’s Watopia course, enabling supporters to join her as she cycles through fictional scenery, followed by a walk on routes in Crawley where she can keep her social distance. 

Technology has enabled cyclists from as far afield as America to join her training and friends at Crawley Wheelers Cycling Club have virtually linked up with her training rides.

She said: “I’ve invited anyone who would like to virtually join me to look me up on the companion app and I can invite them to join me on the ride. It's going to be hard as there are no downhills to enjoy as you would outdoors and there is no respite from the saddle.

“Exercise is my way of coping with lockdown. It tires me out, which helps me sleep, releases happy chemicals to boost my mood and takes me out of my comfort zone, doing various exercise classes on Zoom to increase my fitness for the challenge. I’ve even done Zumba classes.

“All my triathlons have been cancelled, but I still wanted to do something to stay fit and help a local charity. With marathons being cancelled this year, St Catherine’s Hospice won’t be getting the normal level of funding and this money will go directly to them.

“I have had lots of support from my colleagues at work and our staff in Crawley have been regular supporters of St Catherine’s Hospice. I certainly didn’t expect so much support and the company has agreed to increase whatever I raise by a further £100.”

Suzanne Davis, Corporate Fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice said, “We’d like to say a big thank you to Clair for taking on such a brilliant, inventive challenge to support our hospice. Her efforts will allow us to continue to provide expert hospice care to local people when it’s needed most. Support from people in our community, like Clair, is needed now more than ever, and it’s been really humbling to see the many, different ways local people are getting behind St Catherine’s during this crisis. We wish Clair lots of luck for her challenge and can’t wait to hear how it goes!”

For details visit Clair’s JustGiving page