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French Revolution

16 April 2015


The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre’s Operations manager, Nigel Brown, has just returned from a fourteen-day, one-thousand mile cycle ride through France to raise funds for the venue.

Nigel, who cycled alongside two friends, Mike Dinnage (a cidermaker) and Stewart Paton (a retired local policeman), returned exhausted, but very tanned, and delighted that his sponsorship aim of raising £1,000 was achieved.

On his return, Nigel said:

“Me and two friends, Mike and Stewart, had previously cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2013 and when it was suggested that we do something similar I thought ‘why not use this opportunity to raise funds for The Spring?’.”

“Our aim was to cycle from St Malo to Nice, which is 1000 miles over 14 days. We had a support vehicle for the first week but we were then on our own. Having done the Land's End to John O'Groats trip with Mike and Stewart I felt sure we could do it, not least because whoever dared to drop out would never hear the end of it! But 1000 miles without a fried breakfast was a bit daunting.”

Nigel kept his work colleagues at The Spring posted with regular updates, which were then posted on the Havant venue’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. On his return, there was a small reception held at The Spring where director Sophie Fullerlove baked Nigel a special ‘1000 Miles’ cake to say thank you for all his efforts.

Although Nigel has reached his target of raising £1000, people can still add to the total by donating at his MyDonate page at

Nigel is available for interview and there are photos of Nigel’s journey.