SHOREHAM business have helped raise more than £3,000 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
Licensee Samantha Maxwell-Reed took part in a bike ride across Central America, raising £1,535.82.
That figure was then matched by Basepoint, in Little High Street, meaning the charity received a total of £3,071.64.
Samantha started her bike ride in Panama, crossing Costa Rica to arrive in Nicaragua six days later. In all, she cycled 450km on a mountain bike to an altitude of 2,500m.
“The biggest challenge for me was the heat and humidity, with temperatures of 35 to 38 degrees daily,” she said.
“I saw six volcanos, 22 toucans, one monkey, one sloth and swam in two oceans. It was a wonderful experience and I am thankful to all the people who sponsored me.”
Basepoint agreed to match her funding and business centre manager Stephanie George presented the cheque to Terrina Barnes, of Chestnut Tree House.
Stephanie said: “It is a delight to present this cheque to such an amazing and worthy charity. We hope this money will help them to support more families in need.”
Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for more than 280 children and young adults aged up to 25.
Terrina said: “The proceeds will go a long way in helping the children and families of Sussex that we care for. It costs almost £3 million each year to provide all our care services both at the House and out in the community; and less than eight per cent of this cost is funded by central government.”