Community fundraiser’s amazing 100-mile bike ride around Norfolk to mark the outbreak of war

Lynn Hatch is cycling 100 miles around Norfolk in aid of the Poppy Appeal. 
She is stopping at various towns/villages to lay wreathes at the war memorials.
Her journey will finish at Ormesby St Margaret.

Picture: James Bass Lynn Hatch is cycling 100 miles around Norfolk in aid of the Poppy Appeal. She is stopping at various towns/villages to lay wreathes at the war memorials. Her journey will finish at Ormesby St Margaret. Picture: James Bass

Thursday, August 7, 2014
5:54 PM

A community fundraiser marked the outbreak of the First World War by cycling 100 miles around Norfolk to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

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Lyn Hatch, 54, from Norwich, biked around the county, stopping off to lay wreaths in Aylsham, Cromer, Stalham and Ormesby St Margaret.

She raised over £800 in sponsorship along the way with more still to come in.

She said: “People are sending me cheques and I reckon I’ll raise about £1,000, I’m over the moon.

“The most important thing for me though was to do the hundred miles in Norfolk.

“It’s my county, I work here, I was born here and it was great to involve some of our members.”

Lyn, who works for the Norwich branch of the Royal British Legion was thrilled to have so much support on her journey.

She said: “In lots of places in Norfolk we have poppy appeal organisers and asked them to get members from their branches to meet me at the memorials.

“And then, when we got to Cromer we stopped to buy lunch and the lady in the shop said it was great what we were doing and that lunch was on her.”

To complete her remembrance, Lyn ended the day by going to the Norwich War Memorial for a service commemorating the outbreak of the war.

She said: “The whole day will be a memory that I will truly cherish and shared with so many of our valuable volunteers.

“One of my grandfathers fought in this war and he was one of the lucky ones, he came home he was a placid and gentle man.”

Kate Williams, Area Manager for East Anglia and Essex said: “ The money she is raising will help us ensure that we can look after the Armed Forces families, past and present in Norfolk.”

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