Local Charities Benefit from Ride
CYCLISTS who took on the 320-mile, three-day ride around Norfolk and raised more than £125,000 for Wooden Spoon and other good causes, celebrated their achievements at a recent ceremony. To read more about their adventures go to ‘Norfolk Rugby Rivals Rake in Staggering Sum‘.
Although most of the funds raised were for the children’s charity of rugby and will be used to support projects in the local region, a fantastic amount also went to several other charities.
- Red Balloon, founded by Dr Carrie Herbert MBE, received £5,000
- Special Olympics Norfolk, represented by Nicola Fish and Alison Williams, received their largest ever single donation of £10,000. Two of the youngsters helped by the charity are going to the world games in Abu Dhabi next year
- Norwich Mind, represented by Sarah Ingram and Trustee John Allton Jones, received £5,000
- BUILD, represented by Mark Duffy and Sophie Peek, received £12,000. THe money will help fund the Wednesday Centre in Norwich. Run by volunteers it helps people with social learning difficulties, encouraging them to learn to cook and lead independent lives
- Nelson’s Journey, represented by Gena Moore, received£15,000. The money will help them look after a thousand bereaved children, a 20% increase in their usual numbers. The children have lost parents, sibling or best friends and Nelson’s Journey helps them move on with their lives
- Jo Slater Club 99, represented by chair of Trustees Elizabeth Burrows, received £3,000. Formed in 1999 in Attleborough the charity started looking after 15 children during the summer encouraging them to do sport and learn basic skills. Next summer they will be looking after over 80 children, many have never been to the beach or even the local swimming pool. The donation will go towards repairing or replacing sports equipment and paying for treats like a swimming session so the children get to enjoy a special summer many take for granted
- Bloodwise, represented by Andy Wells, received £5,000. This national charity concentrates on leukaemia research. Andy’s father died from this cancer of the blood earlier this year. Andy completed a London to Paris cycle ride, supported by his father, and threw his weight behind the Club Together event in memory of his father and to raise money for the charity close to his heart.