HOTEL staff and guests took to their bikes for a 52-mile ride that started with a smoothie and ended with something stronger.
Historic Sussex Hotels, which owns Ockenden Manor and Spa in Cuckfield, encouraged people to get on their bikes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by hosting a sponsored bike ride between the three hotels in its chain.
The 52-mile ride started with a breakfast smoothie for riders prepared by staff at Ockenden Manor. The cyclists then set off for the Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa in Midhurst for a pit-stop lunch and rest before continuing down to Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa in Climping for a celebratory glass of fizz.
Historic Sussex Hotels previously supported Macmillan by hosting a gala dinner at Ockenden Manor in 2011 to celebrate Macmillan’s Centenary, which raised £12,500.
The chain also takes part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s biggest annual fundraising event, which takes place tomorrow, Friday September 28.
Ockenden Manor Spa membership and sales manager Amanda Saville said: “We are all affected by cancer, our staff and customers, so as a local company we wanted to support a local cause that would benefit people in Sussex with cancer.
“The riders had such a good day that we are already planning the event again for 2013 and hope to make it even bigger next year.”
The £3,350 raised will help Macmillan Cancer Support meet its ambition to reach and improve the lives of tens of thousands of people affected by cancer.
Macmillan is currently running an appeal to build the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre. The Centre will be a base in Brighton and outreach across Sussex to offer advice and information, help with money worries, practical support and other advice to people living with cancer.
The charity says that one in three people will suffer from cancer at some stage in their lives while around two million of us are living with it. For more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800.