First charity bike ride for N&N trust raises thousands of pounds

Charity bike ride organisor Tim Bonnett from Push Sport hands over a cheque to N&N director of nursi

Charity bike ride organisor Tim Bonnett from Push Sport hands over a cheque to N&N director of nursing Emma McKay Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

More than 400 bicycle riders helped raise around £3,300 after taking part in a hospital trust's first charity ride.

Pedalling along sections of the recent East Anglian leg of the Tour de Britain, participants chose whether to ride 20, 40, or 100 miles, with each route starting and finishing at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N).

Tim Bonnett, of Push Sport which organised the event, said: 'Everyone had their own reasons for riding the event, from just enjoying the day out, or saying thank you to the hospital for way it has touched their lives.

'The fact that we have also been able to raise so much for the hospital is fantastic and hopefully we can make this an annual event.'

Cyclists ranged from experienced amateurs to complete novices, and riders paid a minimum of £5 to take part.

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The £3,350 raised from the event will go to the N&N's charity trust.

Those hardy souls who chose the 100-mile route sped past areas in Suffolk before heading back towards the hospital.

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Emma McKay, director of nursing at the hospital trust, this week received a cheque for the funds from Mr Bonnett.

She said: 'I really enjoyed the bike ride and it was fantastic that so many staff and members of the public showed their support to our charity.

'The charity helps our patients in so many ways from buying new equipment to ensuring we offer the most comfortable environment.

'We are really grateful that Push Sport helped us to run a successful event for the charity.'

Among the fundraisers were an 18-strong team of cyclists from Norfolk Charity Ellie's Love, which supports people with cystic fibrosis.

They raised money for the N&N's Jenny Lind outdoor play equipment fund.

Louise Cook, fundraising manager at the N&N, said: 'We are delighted with the amount raised.'

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