Fundraising family stop off in town on whirlwind tour of country’s piers

Simon and Ruth Chadwick, son Alex and friend George Meakin on Hastings Pier SUS-160822-122924001
Simon and Ruth Chadwick, son Alex and friend George Meakin on Hastings Pier SUS-160822-122924001

A family on a whirlwind tour of 57 piers in the UK stopped off in Hastings last week.

Simon and Ruth Chadwick and their son Alex travelled nearly 2,500 miles in 10 days, visiting dozens of British Victorian promenade and pleasure piers in two hand-built, VW based beach buggies.

The challenge was to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK following Ruth’s own battle with breast cancer.

The trio, joined by family friend George Meakin, set off from Oldbury in the West Midlands on Friday, August 12, visiting piers in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Beaumaris, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay on the first day.

On the seventh day of the challenge, the group visited Hastings Pier before heading west to Eastbourne, Brighton, Worthing and Bognor Regis. They completed the challenge on Monday, August 22 at Mumbles Pier in Swansea.

Posting on the Pier Pressure Facebook page after their visiting to Hastings, the family said: “Day 7: Pier 30 - Hastings. Earlier start to get there before 10am so we could get onto the pier itself. We were met by Matt and allowed to drive all the way down to the pier head and parked outside their lovely café for breakfast. Amazing as the pier has only just reopened after being beautifully renovated. There’s even a building on the pier made from timbers saved and reclaimed after the previous pier burned down. Well worth a visit to Hastings Pier if you’re down that way.”

They were joined on Hastings Pier by James Horsley and Robert Wren in their own beach buggies.

The family has raised more than £5,880. To donate, visit Visit for more details of the challenge.

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