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Journalists complete bike challenge in publisher’s charity tie-up

Journalists have completed a cycling challenge as part of a regional publisher’s year-long show of support for a children’s charity.

Staff at Newsquest offices in Basildon, Colchester and Brighton collectively cycled on exercise bikes 912 miles, the equivalent of a journey from London to Glasgow and back, for the NSPCC.

The challenge comes days after Newsquest announced it was to produce a special supplement across its portfolio in support of the NSPCC, with 10pc of all advertising revenues being donated to the charity.

The year-long partnership has already led to the charity being given at least £6m worth of free advertising in Newsquest titles.

Arron Hendy bike

Brighton Argus editor Arron Hendy, pictured, took part in the challenge and said: “I really loved going on the bike for a good cause. It was safer than my usual commute along the A259.

“I want to thank the Gym Group at Eastbourne Sovereign Harbour for lending us the bike.

“As Newsquest’s chosen charity this year we are doing all we can to help promote the great work done by the NSPCC.”

Sixty staff members cycled the virtual course at an average of 15 miles each.