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LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day during Bike Week from 9th – 17th June.

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Bike Week, which runs from 9th to 17th June, is the UK’s annual celebration of cycling.

During the week, online cycling promotion platform LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day. For the chance to win a bike – register at www.lovetoride.net, ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week and log your ride. You can also win prizes for encouraging others to ride and sharing your cycling stories and photos.

More news: Successful Horsham production comes to Crawley

Two new cycle routes have been completed in time for Bike Week 2018 and a third is in its final stages of construction.

The schemes in Arundel Road, Fontwell – part of a longer route between Bognor Regis and Bignor – and for Crawley, Worth Park Avenue – part of the Crawley Growth Programme – were delivered by West Sussex County Council and opened last month. A new link alongside the A259 between Flansham and Climping is in its final stages of construction.

The county council is also developing a number of schemes for future delivery as part of its Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016-2026. The council is also working in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority, Adur and Worthing Councils, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, and Horsham District Council to develop Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). This work will build on existing strategies and help to identify priority routes for future investment.

Last year was a record-breaking year for the county council’s team of cycling instructors, who deliver Bikeability training in schools and provide one-to-one courses for adults. A total of 9,801 people received training during 2017/18, including 1,129 balance bike users.

Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“Cycling helps to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and is a great way to increase physical activity and wellbeing.

“I am very pleased West Sussex will be hosting Velo South later this year, a 100-mile closed road cycling event, which will see 15,000 riders cycling through the West Sussex countryside on Sunday 23 September.”

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Crawley School raises an incredible £13,250 for local charity

Oriel High School students raised the huge sum through a charity walk.

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Oriel High School students chose The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre which is attached to Crawley Hospital as their chosen charity for their sponsored walk this year.

The students managed to raise an astounding £13,250.

Alyson Smith, Fundraising manager for Olive Tree Cancer Support was presented with a cheque with more money still coming in.

Alyson said:

“As a small charity this is such amazing news to us. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a small, independent charity based in Crawley which has provided free support, advice, friendship and therapies to thousands of people in the local area and is a hugely valuable and much appreciated resource.

The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago in Crawley, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Olive Tree supports the friends, families and carers as well as the individual experiencing cancer.”

The charity offer complementary and emotional support therapies. They say the complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. They also offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki.

Their emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness workshops and they also run several support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support.

The charity also point out that their range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, and a wig scheme.

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