Southsea pub-goers pedal for 13 hours in aid of charity

Fareham Community Hospital in Salisbury Green

Picture: Paul Jacobs

LETTER OF THE DAY: We urgently need a bus service to Fareham hospital

Have your say

PUB-GOERS who pedalled 127 miles on a stationary bicycle have raised hundreds of pounds for a worthy cause.

Staff and regulars at The Festing pub, in Festing Road, Southsea, pedalled on a bike in the bar for 13 hours non-stop.

The efforts of pub landlord Matt Chapman, barman Albert Collis and regular Luke Threadingham helped to pull in £517 for Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

The trio, who began their challenge at 11am on the day, took it in turns by doing an hour at a time.

The pub has now raised almost £10,000 for the charity in a year.

Matt said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted with the amount of money we’ve been able to raise.

‘It was a surprise because the cycle challenge wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Everyone was behind us and people were extremely generous with their donations – which was great.

‘A lot of people in the pub knew Tom so they are keen for me to keep doing fundraising events for the charity.’