Formula One champ Damon Hill races Seaford staff

Gillian Rees and Damon Hill
Gillian Rees and Damon Hill

A MEMBER of staff from Seaford Prep School cycled 250 miles for charity – alongside Formula One world champion Damon Hill.

Gillian Rees rode alongside the British racing driver as part of the Two Boats Cycle to raise money for the 
halow Project.

Gillian, with some 80 other cyclists, set off from Putney Bridge in London before pedalling to Portsmouth to catch the ferry to St Malo, then onwards to Caen.

After a brief pit-stop, they caught a ferry back and crossed the finish line at Guildford on Sunday afternoon.

The Two Boats Cycle raises money for learning disability charity the halow Project, which supports 16 to 35-year-olds.

“I think this charity is fab,” said Gillian. “It fills a gap in the community to support young adults with learning difficulties to make their own choices in life”.

Novice cyclist Gillian showed incredible determination to complete the 250 miles in 48 hours.

She chatted to Damon Hill, who is patron of the halow Project, during the ride and celebrated the end of the race by having a photo with him.

Gillian added: “It was tough, but it didn’t help that we were running late. I didn’t have time to check my bike and struggled to get up speed for the first 25 miles.

“When I took a break, I realised I’d been cycling with my brake pads on, effectively trying to cycle while braking! Once this was fixed, I was able to average 15mph.”

Gillian has already raised £1,500 for halow and the total from the event so far stands at £75,000. Donations can be made through

Seaford College is continuing to support halow with a prep school summer fair on May 17.

The fair is being held in Seaford’s grounds in Lavington Park from 2pm-4pm and is open to everyone.

Visitors can enjoy strawberries and cream, a Pimm’s tent, an inflatable assault course, face-painting and a plant stall.