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Charity tour around Norfolk’s rugby clubs raises £125,000 for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:28 07 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 09 October 2017

Fundraising cyclists from Club Together with the charities receiving the funds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Fundraising cyclists from Club Together with the charities receiving the funds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A cycle challenge which saw riders complete a 320-mile trip around Norfolk’s rugby clubs has raised £125,000 for charity.

Fundraising cyclists from Club Together with the charities receiving the funds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Fundraising cyclists from Club Together with the charities receiving the funds. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Club Together event, organised by Wooden Spoon Eastern Counties, saw 90 cyclists speed along the tour of the county’s 11 clubs in September.

The task saw Club Together raise £125,000 - £65,000 of which was donated to worthy causes on Saturday morning at Broadland Business Park in Thorpe St Andrew.

Those receiving a slice of the funds are Special Olympics Norfolk, Mind, BUILD charity, Nelson’s Journey, Club 99 Attleborough, Scoliosis Research, Bloodwise and Restart Rugby.

The remaining funds will be used by Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, to improve the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people in Norfolk.

Séamus Farrelly, Wooden Spoon Eastern Counties chairman, said: “Club Together was characterised by an overwhelming spirit of camaraderie, with participants, organisers and supporters determined to make a difference.

“The ride was about, around and for the benefit of Norfolk and the county’s communities and businesses responded accordingly.”

Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to support those who took part in the three-day ride, which saw cyclists set off from Norwich Union RFC.

The bike ride was organised by Mark Loveday, a cyclist and rugby fan. He said: “We had the most amazing three days, a really wonderful experience.

“More than 100 people from our community were brought together by a sense of camaraderie and friendship to make a meaningful difference in our community.

“With more than £125,000 raised, and funds still flowing in, we hope to have made an impact and left a legacy to the charities who inspired us. We are grateful for all the support we received from sponsors, well-wishers, rugby clubs and volunteers, without whom the event would not have been possible. Without doubt, one of the highlights of the year and I feel privileged to have been part of it.”

Among the event’s army of sponsors were Pedal Revolution, which has stores in both Norwich and Gorleston.

• To find out more about Wooden Spoon, click here.

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