Norwich’s Nigella takes to the bike to raise money for charity

Last month she was dubbed 'Norwich's Nigella' by making and selling masses of cupcakes, in August she will cycle 100 miles around Norfolk, and in October she will take to Nicaragua for 10 weeks, one of the poorest countries in Central America.

For former Notre Dame High School student Charlotte Rye, 23, from Earlham Road in Norwich, there is no end to her fundraising efforts.

Aiming to raise �1,000 for Raleigh International, a charity who work abroad helping individuals to make a difference to rural communities and environments.

Miss Rye's target amount to raise was �800, but she says with more than �500 raised already �1,000 is now her new, and more ambitious, target.

As part of her money making exercise, Miss Rye will be taking to the paths and roads from Norwich along the north Norfolk coast with her friend Rob Harber, 25, from Newmarket Road in Norwich.

Mr Harber, chef at The Mulberry on Unthank Road, is a keen cyclist and has been helping Miss Rye to train.

He said: 'After Charlotte told me she was going to do a charity bike ride and was thinking of doing 50 miles, I suggested that a 100 mile cycle would be more likely to bring in more sponsorship.

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'I am hoping to raise more than �150 to help Charlotte reach her total, and also will be giving some of my donations to the Big C charity. My co-chefs at work have been very generous in their donations and giving me the time off for the ride.'

Miss Rye admitted she's never been very sporty, but has got into cycling this summer, and feels all the more motivated with her 10 week trip to Nicaragua looming.

She said: 'I'm really interested in international development and I think going to central America will be very worthwhile for the communities there, as well as helping me get experience in my career.

'Any donations, big or small, make a difference.'

To donate to Charlotte's appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/charlottenicaragua

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