Earlier this month, Paula and Graham cycled from London to Brighton in a bid to raise money for United Response. They gave us the low down on the day and why they decided to fundraise for us.

Back in 2012 Paula interned in our Communications Department for 6 months after graduating from a master’s degree in journalism. She said “it was an incredibly nice experience working with you and that's why I chose you for this challenge.”

Paula recently had a baby, but she hasn’t let that stop her! She recruited Graham to take part with her and the pair raised a fabulous £460 in just a month!

Graham said:

“It was an absolute pleasure and lots of fun raising money for United Response. We both feel that the work you do is exceptional. You provide opportunities to such a wide range of people, who are often overlooked by fundraising in the conventional more high profile sense, enabling them to live their lives, and perform tasks that we can take for granted.

The day itself started off a little flustered because someone overslept! (Paula) but once we got to the start and met up with some friends, all of the nerves dropped away and excitement took over. It was a beautiful sunny day and already heating up at 8:00am. We left around 9:00am alongside a total of 3,000 other cyclists. There were some pretty tough hills along the way down through Sussex but nothing really prepares you for Ditchling Beacon. It's 2 miles of 11% gradient and it's unrelenting. We almost made it to the top but legs wouldn't quite get us there so we had to walk the last part.

Graham and Paula at the top of Ditchling Beacon

Graham and Paula at the top of Ditchling Beacon

Paula almost didn't complete the ride due to a technical issue but the support mechanics got her back on the road (albeit with one choice of gear only) and she completed it!

We both had a great day and it was very much for a great cause. Keep up the good work at United Response!”

A big thanks to Graham and Paula for taking on this challenge and powering through despite a few setbacks. It’s incredibly impressive to cycle that far, and especially with only one gear!

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