Twenty people get on their bikes for the Centre

The Cardinal Hume Centre held its first ever sponsored bike ride on Friday 21st September. The aim was to raise £10,000 towards the cost of building five new flats for homeless young people at the Centre.

Twenty bleary eyed cyclists arrived at the Cardinal Hume Centre on Friday morning, for a much needed breakfast, before braving the 85 mile route to Cherwell in Oxfordshire.

Gathering in the Centre’s playground for a pre bike ride photo

Sainsburies Pimlico, kindly helped with the cost of the picnic lunches and all the snacks, to keep the cyclists well fueled.

Ben Warren, a volunteer at the Centre said: “To do a challenge like this is great fun;  you make new friends and journey through the countryside seeing things you’d never notice in a car, even on foot;  but to be doing it to raise money for homeless young people makes it doubly worthwhile!”


The weather was great until the last 14 miles, when the heavens opened. Tired, and struggling up hills in the pouring rain was exhausting, but the bicycles bells still rang out as the group passed the sign for Oxford!

After 10 hours out on their bikes, the saddle-sore cyclists finally arrived at the Cherwell boathouse, for a well deserved barbeque.

Money is still coming in, and the cyclists hope to raise at least £10,000 to give even more young homeless people a safe place to live. If you want to sponsor them, you can add to the pot by donating to one of our cyclists at, or click here to find out more about our next challenge event.

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