Search

Hundreds set to take part in EACH Ride for Life this weekend

08:59 15 May 2012

The off-road cyclists treck through Thetford Forest for the Ride For life event starting at Santon Downham. Picture: Denise Bradley

The off-road cyclists treck through Thetford Forest for the Ride For life event starting at Santon Downham. Picture: Denise Bradley

Archant copyright 2011

A charity is calling on East Anglians to get pedalling this weekend to help raise thousands of pounds to support children with life-threatening illnesses.

The 19th Ride for Life will be held in Thetford Forest on Sunday to raise much-needed funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The EDP-sponsored cycling and walking event, which starts and ends at the village green in Santon Downham, has generated more than £700,000 for the charity over the years. This year’s Ride for Life takes place on the 21st anniversary of EACH’s Norfolk hospice at Quidenham, near Attleborough.

More than 600 cyclists and walkers have already signed up to take part and online registration for Sunday’s event has already closed. However, officials from the charity said that last-minute participants were more than welcome to turn up on the day and get involved.

There will be 35 miles and 19 miles on-road cycle routes that start between 8am and 9am and marked off-road routes on forest tracks covering 25 miles and 10 miles that begin from 9am and 10am respectively. People can also walk a nine mile route from 9am or a three mile walk from 10am.

Amongst the participants will be people who use EACH services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge including the Bensley family, of Bunwell, and the Bobbins family from Terrington St Clement.

A team of 38 family and friends will be taking part on Sunday in memory of Norfolk County Council senior finance officer Nigel Gabriel, 47, of Taverham, near Norwich, who died on January 21 at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge following a brain haemorrhage.

Twenty-one EACH staff will also be getting involved to represent the number of years the Quidenham hospice has been open. Ride for Life regular, Sheila Childerhouse, the chairman of NHS Norfolk and Waveney will also be cycling 35 miles with her family.

EACH delivers care and support to local life-threatened children and their families needs to raise £4.8m from the public to deliver services this year. The charity’s Royal patron the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Ipswich hospice in March.

For more information visit www.each.org.uk or phone 01953 715559.

0 comments

Other news

Yesterday, 22:30
Firefighters have begun four days of strike action in a dispute over changes to their pension scheme. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Fire and rescue services across the region were called out a number of times tonight, with a 999 service continuing to operate as four days of strike action got underway.

Yesterday, 15:43
Southwold beach on another warm sunny day in October.
Iona (left) and Isobel Jenkins enjoying the beach.

It has felt more like the height of summer than the end of October today, as unseasonably high temperatures smashed the record for the warmest Halloween in Britain.

Thu, 10:38

Firefighters were called to put out a fire in a car following a crash at Starston this morning.

Thu, 08:46
Kett's Oak is in the running for England's Tree of the Year

For more than 500 years, it has stood as an immovable part of the local landscape, playing a central role in one of the most famous chapter’s in our region’s history – and now, Kett’s Oak needs your help

Most Read

Mon, 14:17
Screenshot from a Youtube video of dangerous driving on the A11. Picture: Supplied

Dashboard camera footage of a driver’s dangerous manoeuvre on the A11 has been described as “frightening” by the man who captured it.

Read more
Monday, April 7, 2014

A social worker, who used unnecessary force against a student with autism, has been struck off.

Read more
Wed, 09:53
Stop Hempnalls Onshore Wind Turbines members Geoff Moulton, foreground, Rob Johnson and Trevor Shurmer, right, with SHOWT banners.

A South Norfolk community is celebrating today after winning a battle to stop a windfarm being built.

Read more
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Little Hen Rescue centre in Flordon is run by Jo Eglen and takes in battery hens

For six years it acted as a sanctuary, saving helpless hens from slaughter at the end of their commercial life in egg farms.

Read more
East of England Ambulance Service

 will lose the Norfolk Patient Transport Service contract on October 1.

Fears have been raised that vulnerable patients may miss vital appointments when a private firm takes over the running of a non-emergency transport service in Norfolk.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 14°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition