Nick Lear, 70, and his wife, Harriet, 73 embark on 900-mile charity bike ride

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Next week, former Hastoe board member, Nick Lear, 70, and his wife, Harriet, 73, are setting off on a 21-day, 900-mile bike ride to raise money for charity.

On the bike ride, ‘Riding for Ruhanga’, Nick and Harriet will tour around 60 Hastoe housing developments, visiting residents and staff in various areas around the country to fundraise for the charity Let Them Help Themselves.

The journey kicks off at Barcombe, in Sussex, on 19 August, with a launch event at the Hastoe Hampton Wick offices on 20 August. The pair will cycle in a big loop, via Hastoe’s straw bale development in High Ongar, Essex, through Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The route then takes the couple back via Wimbish Passivhaus in Essex, Hastoe’s first Passivhaus development; through Buckinghamshire, visiting the award-winning Marsh Gibbon scheme on the way. Next stop is Wiltshire; through Somerset and Devon; back through Dorset and Wiltshire, finishing in Barcombe, Sussex.

Let Them Help Themselves supports a small African community in Ruhanga, South West Uganda, and is the charity that Hastoe has been supporting for several years, chosen by its residents. ‘Riding for Ruhanga’ will be specifically raising money for some much-needed medical equipment for the Ruhanga community.

Nick and Harriet have been busy training and testing out their brand new Garmin Edge GPS gadget in time for the big day.

For more details and donations:

www.mycharitypage.com/bikeride

http://ridingforruhanga.blogspot.co.uk

Nick Lear, former Hastoe board member, said: “When I announced my retirement from the Hastoe board after 9 years, I made a promise that I would do one last thing – as a legacy. I thought there was no better way than to raise money for Hastoe’s charity by setting off on a bike ride touring a number of its housing developments.

“Harriet and I are looking forward to this challenge and have been busy preparing and training. We are wondering how we will fare with only a couple of t-shirts each – we have to keep our luggage down or we suffer from too much weight. We would like to say thank you to those who have already supported and those who will be supporting this very worthy cause.”

Sue Chalkley, Hastoe’s Chief Executive, said: “We at Hastoe are very grateful to Nick and Harriet for taking on such an epic journey in support of our charity. We are all looking forward to following their adventure and wish them all the best. Thank you to everyone who is supporting ‘Riding for Ruhanga’.”

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For more information please contact: Leila Moss on 020 8973 0437 or lmoss@hastoe.com.

Notes to Editors

· Hastoe Housing Association Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that owns and manages over 5,000 homes in southern England for affordable housing through letting and shared ownership. Half of these homes are in rural areas. Hastoe works closely with its residents to ensure it provides sustainable homes in sustainable communities. Further information can be found at: www.hastoe.com

o We can deliver homes that people can afford

o We invest in people and communities

o We are in it for the long-term.

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