24 hour skate-a-thon rolling back into town

16/2/13- Skateathon event at 4Down Distribution, St Leonards.
16/2/13- Skateathon event at 4Down Distribution, St Leonards.

AN ANNUAL 24 hour skateathon will return to an industrial estate in St Leonards this spring.

The event will be held at the 4Down Distribution centre in the Ponswood Industrial Estate starting on April 11.

It will again be raising funds for the Boyley Trust Fund. This year’s money will spring board fundraising for further improvements to the Boyley Skate Park at White Rock Gardens.

This event is supported by the Boyley Trust Fund, Hastings police, Hastings Borough Council, Etnies and King’s Church and Safer Hastings Partnership.

There will be Pro BMX/Skateboarders in attendance to open the event with special appearances throughout the twenty four hour period.

Ian Morris, owner of 4Down Distribution, said: “Last year we raised over £900 for The Boyley Trust Fund, overall we are really happy with how the event went. The support from the police, Council, Kings Church and local business gave this a real community feel, and seeing riders come from all over the country, with some starting their journey at 3am was inspiring!”

Chief inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings District Commander for Sussex Police, said: “I am so pleased that Ian and his team have agreed to host this wonderful event for a second year. The event provides an opportunity for young riders and skate boarders to build on their skills in a safe environment. The support from our partner agencies, local businesses and charities is appreciated as always.

“It is important to note that the BMXers and skate boarders are a large part of the fabric of our town and I look forward to seeing many of our youth there enjoying what promises to be an excellent event.”

Cllr Emily Westley, the council’s lead member for leisure and amenities, said: “Local skaters, BMXers and agencies have previously put huge efforts into fund raising to achieve what is already a great park. It may take a year or two to raise enough funds to extend it further.”