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27 July 2016

Family, friends and colleagues have helped Gary Townsend achieve fundraising goal

Late Albion in the Community CEO, Gary Townsend, has seen his £5,000 fundraising target passed posthumously.


Gary was a dedicated fundraiser for AITC before his untimely passing last month, and family, friends and colleagues took to their bikes last Sunday to pay tribute to him and to raise funds towards his target.


Emma Brockhurst from AITC’s fundraising team told, “The event went really, really well, we are delighted to pass the target for Gary and it was really nice to see all the support for him.


“Nobody expected us to be in this situation but everyone has risen to the challenge and even some of the riders came up with some of the ideas that we implemented on the ride – such as having Gary’s name on our shirts.


“It has been an incredibly hard few weeks for everyone at the charity, the club and especially for all Gary's family and friends, but we are so pleased that we could do this because he did so much for us.”


Over 100 riders completed AITC’s Little Giant Bike Ride, where they rode either 25, 50 or 75 miles around Sussex, starting and finishing at the Amex Stadium.


Gary’s original target was being raised for AITC’s disability fund, and he was due to complete an ironman challenge this summer as part of his fundraising.


. nearly £5,500 has been raised with the Just Giving page still open for donations at 


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