On Friday 22 September, a team of 10 cyclists took part in a charity cycle ride between four prisons in one day - HMP Lewes, HMP Highdown, HMP Coldingly, and HMP Ford, raising money for Samaritans. The ride has a total distance of 170 miles. This day also supported leave your car at home day, an event on the HMPPS Well-Being calendar.
Nationally, Samaritans have a long standing partnership with HMPPS and provide disadvantaged people in our communities with 24 hour support, 365 days a year. At a local level, Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans branch supports HMP Lewes.
Samaritans provide services to schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities.
Their support for Samaritans shows how grateful they are for what we do at the prison, and for the work that the Listeners carry out, with our help and support.
In addition, on the 21 September, the prisoners replicated the ride on static bikes in the prison gym from 7am to 7pm to raise money for us.
The cyclists left Lewes at 4am on 22 September, and rode to HMP High Down, HMP Coldingly and HMP Ford prisons before getting back to Lewes at around 8pm. A really gruelling day for them but an achievement they can all be really proud of.
So far they have raised over £1100 for Samaritans for which we are extremely grateful. There’s a Just Giving site been set up HERE for you to donate to, if you are able.