Just when most youth in town are getting settled into their new classrooms and homework, local resident Chris Miller will be embarking upon a two-week sponsored cycle ride that will raise funds for a new youth activity centre.
This comes at a time when Hampshire County Council is cutting back on its funding to Youth Services.
Chris will be cycling from Whitchurch, Hampshire to the biggest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis, Scotland, where he will climb the mountain before cycling back home. The total trip distance of this journey is around 1,700 miles and will be completed within approximately two weeks.
100 MILES A DAY
Chris is an experienced long-distance cyclist and has completed many solo cycle trips, such as around the South West coast of Britain and Wales, across the Welsh mountains and many other rides through the Midlands.
On his journey to Scotland, Chris aims to cycle 100 miles a day supported by a small team who will film his journey and his ascent up the 4,409 ft mountain. This footage will then be put into a short film which will be published on the Internet and shown in a presentation following the expedition.
The expedition will begin in the early hours of Saturday the 17th of September.
Hampshire County Council have stated that open access services for the general population of young people aged 11 -19 will be retained but will receive less direct financial support.
To see the planned route, and to donate, please visit Chris’ website: Chris Miller Cycling
You can also follow him on Facebook HERE.
A press release from Hampshire County Council about their cutbacks to youth services is HERE.