Donation follows epic moped ride from Spooner Row

Jenny Townsend from the Teenage Cancer Trust with members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club who r

Jenny Townsend from the Teenage Cancer Trust with members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club who ride classic mopeds and have raised over £21000. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

They faced punctures, break-downs and more than a bit of heavy traffic on an epic 650-mile ride to the north of England and back.

Members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club on their classic mopeds at Attleborough who have raised

Members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club on their classic mopeds at Attleborough who have raised £21000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

But for the 22 vintage moped enthusiasts from the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club every second of the five-day ride was worthwhile as they handed over a cheque for £21,550 to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Most of the money was raised from the ride, which took place in June, and was held in memory of Maisie Colquhoun, from Suton, near Wymondham. Maisie died in November last year aged 17 after being treated at C9, the Teenage Cancer Trust ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Speaking at the cheque presentation, which took place at The Mulberry Tree in Attleborough yesterday, club committee member David Nickalls said: 'We didn't expect to have raise anything near as much as we did. It's a fantastic amount.'

The mopeds used by the club are 50cc and do an average of 25mph.

Members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club on their classic mopeds at Attleborough who have raised

Members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club on their classic mopeds at Attleborough who have raised £21000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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Richard Rackham, another committee member, said: 'They need a lot of maintenance and that's where the challenge is. It would be easier if we had modern bikes, but it wouldn't attract the same amount of empathy for the cause.'

Jenny Townsend, Teenage Cancer Trust regional fundraising co-ordinator, said: 'It shows the strength of the community that really shone through. To raise that much from one ride is incredible.'

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The club decided to raise money for the ward after learning of their good work from Iain Colquhoun, Maisie's father and one of the founding members of the moped group.

Mr Colquhoun said: 'Unless you've experienced what C9 is like it's hard to describe. They made our lives much easier and they certainly made life for Maisie much easier as well.'

Jenny Townsend from the Teenage Cancer Trust with members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club who r

Jenny Townsend from the Teenage Cancer Trust with members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club who ride classic mopeds and have raised over £21000. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

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