Slimming expert and pensioner team up for cycling challenge to raise funds for hospital appeal

Robin Rye and Sabrina Barrow are cycling 22 miles and raising money for the Excel Appeal.

Robin Rye and Sabrina Barrow are cycling 22 miles and raising money for the Excel Appeal. - Credit: Archant

A slimming specialist is teaming up with one of her clients to embark on a cycling challenge and raise money for a hospital appeal.

Sabrina Barrow, 22, of Wormegay, a consultant with Slimming World, will ride 22 miles with Robin Rye, 71, of Blackborough End, and is hoping to raise between £500 and £1,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Excel Appeal.

The appeal, which was launched in October last year and is supported by the EDP, aims to raise £50,000 for specialist care equipment which would improve the treatment and comfort of elderly people in hospital.

Miss Barrow's fundraising comes after Slimming World groups across West Norfolk chose the Excel Appeal as their main charity throughout 2016.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is hoping to spend the money raised on falls prevention equipment, specialist chairs, and a digital reminiscence therapy software used to support patients living with dementia.

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She said: 'Something that hit home with me was that everyone sees charities that help babies or cancer-patients, for example, but you don't see so much dedicated to older people.

'There are so many elderly people in need of help out there. My granddad has gone into respite care.'

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Mr Rye has signed up for the challenge after losing nearly three stone through working with Miss Barrow.

The duo will start their ride at the hospital and cycle through villages including Bawsey, Leziate, Middleton, Blackborough End, Wormegay, and Tottenhill, before turning around and repeating the journey to finish back at the hospital.

The ride takes place on June 23.

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