Pedal against poverty with Horsham Matters

Horsham Matters is calling on the community to saddle up and join in its latest event, Pedal Against Poverty, to fund food for families in need over the school summer holidays.

The charity will be providing food for 220 children and their families every week throughout the school holidays, on top of its everyday foodbank sessions (6 static sessions and 6 from its mobile foodbank hub). The charity has seen demand for its services skyrocket since the beginning of the pandemic with many people’s lives impacted by job loss, furlough and illness, and in the past financial year Horsham Foodbank fed 8,506 adults and children compared with 2,900 the year before.

Pedal against Poverty aims to bring the community together in a relay to cycle on static bikes, either individually or in teams, to reach a target of 5,000km cycled. The event will take place live at the following venues:

Wednesday 7 July – Slinfold Golf & Country Club – 10am-6pm

Friday 9 July – Bluecoats Sports Centre – 10am-6pm

Saturday 10 July – Horsham Matters Charity Shop – 10am-5pm

Registration is free, but the charity is asking for a donation of £20 from individuals and a pledge to raise £200 from teams of 4 or more, cycling in half-hour slots or one hour-plus for teams. To sign up, simply go to

Horsham Matters fundraising officer Paula Daly said: “It really is vital to raise funds for the summer and Pedal Against Poverty will be a fun way for those who live and work in our district to play a part and help support those families who will struggle to feed their children over the long summer holiday period.

“We are immensely grateful to Slinfold Golf and Country Club and Bluecoats Sports Centre for hosting the event and look forward to cycling together and reaching our target of 5,000km.”

Horsham Matters is working with the Trussell Trust for a #hungerfreefuture.