More than 250 avid cyclists rode through the streets of Sussex on Saturday [8th September] and raised around £25,000 for Action Medical Research. The charity, which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, has been organising bike rides for 30 years to raise money for sick children. Community Fundraising Manager Sarah Stevenson said: “We’ve got the iconic ride which is London to Brighton but we’ve decided to do it as a smaller event” Action Medical Research is a children’s charity “We fund medical research that affects babies and children in the UK, anything from pre-mature birth to rare diseases and disability,” said Sarah. The cyclists, who were all volunteers, charity workers or just enthusiastic cyclists, made the 50 mile journey from London to Brighton. The cyclists paid £28 or £50 to take part in the race and this is how money is raised for the charity. “We organise about 25 of events throughout the year so we have them all over the country and this is just one of them. It’s quite cost effective; it doesn’t cost us too much to put all this up. We have been running lots of them for about seven years now all over the UK. The catering is always wonderful and the riders keep coming back and they also get a free massage as well,” said Sarah. The next fundraising event is A social function. Action Medical Research has organised a Black Tie Ball in November which is to be held at the Hurlingham Club in London which they have appropriately named The Champions of Cycle Sport Dinner. For more information on the event and about Action Medical Research visit Action.org.uk. The Argus: sendusyournews

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