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9 year old takes on Easter cycle challenge

9-year-old Chloe Smart from Westbury has organized her own sponsored cycle challenge from Westbury to Bath to raise money for local men and women suffering from homelessness.

The challenge, which is taking place on Tuesday 7th April, will see Chloe and her dad getting sponsored to cycle 25 miles from Westbury White Horse to Julian House’s Bike Workshop in Bath. Along the way, she’s also bringing a bundle of Easter egg donations to give to Julian House and to put a smile on the faces of men and women staying in the charity’s emergency access hostel on Manvers Street.

Chloe, on a practise bike ride.

By growing up around Bath, Chloe has noticed the increase in men and women sleeping rough and wanted to do something to help. After hearing about Jamie Theakston’s Bike Britain Charity Challenge on Heart FM, Chloe wanted to do something similar to help those less fortunate in her local community.

In preparation for the challenge, she said: “I’ve never cycled that far before, so I’ve been practicing cycling along different routes and increasing my distances.  I’ve also been finding out about Julian House and what they do so I can do a presentation at school to raise awareness. I hope to raise around £200 as I would like to provide a warm meal for 30 people, and a bed for the night for someone.”

Chloe and her mum Claire.

Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay said: It’s brilliant to see Chloe organising her own event to raise awareness and funds to help local men and women suffering from homelessness. Everything she raises will help us support people off the streets, into a safe home and back into education, volunteering and employment. One of the best ways we do this is through our Bike Workshop and our Build a Bike course, so it’s pertinent that Chloe’s cycle challenge ends there. We wish her the best of luck on her challenge.”

To find out more about her challenge and to sponsor Chloe visit her Just Giving page here: