Gruelling cycle ride boosts Taylor High Memorial Fund

The start of the challenge as five cyclists set out to cycle just under 100 miles in aid of the Tayl

The start of the challenge as five cyclists set out to cycle just under 100 miles in aid of the Taylor High Memorial Fund. Picture: Morgan Hill - Credit: Archant

A group of cyclists saddled up for a gruelling challenge to boost a charitable fund.

The end of the challenge as five cyclists completed the challenge of cycling just under 100 miles in

The end of the challenge as five cyclists completed the challenge of cycling just under 100 miles in aid of the Taylor High Memorial Fund. Picture: Elaine High - Credit: Archant

For the past three years the cyclists have embarked on a charity ride to raise money for the Taylor High Memorial Fund.

And earlier this month, five cyclists embarked on the latest challenge as they completed a 'mammoth' ride of almost 100 miles to boost the fund.

Since the memorial fund was set up by 19-year-old Taylor's parents, Elaine and Gary, after his death in a car crash in west Norfolk in March 2011, it has raised more than £96,000.

Community projects, worthy causes, organisations and deserving local people across Waveney have all been supported by the memorial fund, who made their 100th donation in June.

Taylor High

Taylor High - Credit: Archant


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And as they approach the £100,000 milestone, the fund was boosted by the cycle challenge on October 8.

Mrs High said: 'This group of cyclists have been doing a cycle ride for the last three years now. I find this amazing as we previously didn't know any of them and it's very humbling to know others will go out of their way to support what we do, and help raise money for the fund for us to give away in the local community.'

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Morgan Hill, who organised the gruelling cycle ride of just under 100 miles, said: 'The cyclists – Alex Harrington, Chris Dye, Oliver Robinson, Rachel Long and Lauren Wolfe – began their journey at Norwich train station, with a brief lunch stop at Thetford forest before completing the last leg of the journey to The Joseph Conrad in Lowestoft.

'The ride took around 11 hours to complete but thankfully the weather was on our side throughout the whole event. Everyone did a fantastic job, and more than £400 has already been raised, with a final total to be revealed at a later date.'

Mr Hill added: 'It's always a pleasure raising money for such a great charity that helps so many people, year in, year out. Next year's cycle ride is already in the planning stage and its expected to be held in spring.'

Joining the charity cycle challenge, and supporting the cyclists with safety cars and assistance, were Morgan Hill, Andrew Smith, Lauren Gray and Aaron Olley.

For more details on the Taylor High Memorial Fund, visit its page on Facebook.

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