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Olympic Champion announced as ambassador for Age UK in Vélo South event

Sally Gunnell OBE has been announced as Age UK West Sussex’s official ambassador for the Vélo South 100-mile cycle.



Sally Gunnell OBE remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Following her retirement from international athletics, Sally developed a new career as a television presenter and motivational speaker. She has written four books on fitness, health, self-fulfilment and wellbeing.

Vélo South is one of only two fully closed road 100-mile sportives this year and Age UK West Sussex is pleased to announce Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell as its official ambassador for West Sussex’s exciting new challenge in support of older people across the county at the cycling event of the year on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

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Taking in the gorgeous surroundings of her home county of West Sussex, Sally will be tackling this special 100-mile fully closed road sportive with other riders supporting Age UK West Sussex. After her professional success on the track Sally has maintained her healthy lifestyle by taking on a number of amateur challenges.

Sally says:

“I love keeping my mind and body active. To sustain motivation I always recommend individuals link it to goals throughout the year. One of my goals this year is to raise money for a fantastic local, community-minded cause. Both my parents and in-laws are in their 80s and it is important to me that they are looked after. With the ageing population, I know the importance of looking after ourselves and those around us, so come and join me for Vélo South, and cycle around West Sussex to help raise funds for Age UK West Sussex and older people in our county.”

Sally Gunnell OBE

So if you’re feeling ready to mix things up and take on the green, traffic-free roads of West Sussex, Vélo South offers the perfect setting to get the girls together, challenge the boys or cycle the roads of the South Downs with your family. Celebrate your community and ride this one together for Age UK West Sussex. No one should have no one and Age UK West Sussex’s services are here to bring older people together.

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“Entry costs just £40 per person with a commitment to raising only £400 for our very local charity. Every penny of which will go to help older people in West Sussex enjoy later life and live independently for longer:

  • £5 funds a home cooked 2-course lunch at one of our lunch clubs or a weekly trip to one of our social events
  • £10 funds an hour’s tea and chat from one of our home visitors or two keep fit classes
  • £40 funds an activity day for someone with dementia – giving much needed respite to their often older carer and stimulating and warm support to those living with this dreadful condition
  • £95 funds a six week course of support for someone just home from hospital – they can be discharged sooner knowing there is help at hand to get them back onto their feet and into the community
  • £700 funds one of our social activity centres for a day enabling hundreds of older people to socialise, keep fit and warm and eat well”

Vélo South will take 15,000 riders of all ability levels on a truly unforgettable journey through the stunning West Sussex countryside. Enjoying the lush scenery of the South Downs National Park as you start and finishing the amazing cycling journey at the iconic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit.

The route starts trackside on the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit, where riders will cycle east towards Horsham, before heading towards the Downs. Riders will enter through quintessential West Sussex countryside with its short ups and downs, passing many pretty villages and Hamlets in the process.

Staying South West of Horsham riders start to head back along the South Downs National Park passing South Harting to a gradual descent back toward Chichester and onto a grandstand finish on the track of Goodwood Motor Circuit.

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Show your support as new local fire & rescue recruits brave 24hrs in breathing apparatus for charity



Twelve West Sussex firefighter recruits are braving the cumbersome Fire Service Breathing Apparatus for a whole 24 hours between them in order to raise money for three valuable charities.

The recruits are raising money for the Firefighters Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey & Sussex.

The apparatus they are wearing for 24hrs.

They began their 24hr challenge at 5pm this evening (14th Nov) and will work between them to ensure they cover the whole 24hrs.

Each firefighter keeps the apparatus on until their air runs out, at which point it is then the turn of their colleague to take over, (with fresh air supplies of course!).

The twelve firefighters are nearing the end of their intensive initial training and this is their way of showing support for charities they wish to help.

You can show your support by donating at their Just Giving page by clicking here.

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