Anthony saddles up for his fundraising ride to Reading Byte Night!

Posted by / Monday 03 October 2016 / Events Fundraising
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Anthony Donohue is hoping to raise £1,500 by cycling 85 miles to the Reading leg of Byte Night this Friday!

Byte Night, the UK’s largest annual sleep out, is taking place at 10 cities across the UK this Friday, 7 October and Anthony Donohue, head of corporate for the Solent at Natwest Bank is hoping to raise £1,500 by cycling to the Reading site.

He’ll cycle a whopping 85 miles from his home on The Fairway in Sandown to the Reading Byte Night site which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is set to reach £1 million raised since 2007.

“For the past five years, I have given up my bed for one night in the year to sleep rough in a park in Reading and I thought this year I really should try something new to help the sponsorship”, explains Anthony.

“Assuming I don’t get lost, the route is 85 miles and I’m hoping to do this in under seven hours, though there is 3,500 feet of climbing involved!"

Anthony Donohue

Anthony has been training hard in the weeks leading up to his challenge, peddling increasing distances every Saturday and squeezing in the 20-mile round-trip route to his office several times a week to prepare!

Setting off from home at 7.30am on Friday, Anthony plans to hit the car ferry an hour later and be away from Southampton’s Town Quay at 9.30am. His route will take him through Stockbridge, Whitchurch, Kingsclere and Aldermaston before arriving at Forbury Gardens in the centre of Reading between 3pm and 4pm.

After a few hours’ rest, Anthony will join the other 150 ‘sleepers’ for a night of fundraising and speeches before bedding down for the night under the stars: “Please sponsor me if you can and help me raise as much money as possible for Action for Children. And please pray for accommodating weather, both for the ride and the sleep out!”

Senior fundraiser at Action for Children, Kellie Chater, said: “Good luck Anthony! A truly epic effort all round.

"The funds Anthony and others sleeping rough in Reading are set to raise will help Action for Children continue its vital work in ensuring children and young people have a safe and loving home."

Senior fundraiser at Action for Children, Kellie Chater

To sponsor Anthony, visit his Just Giving page.