Spooner Row moped riders to set out on 600 mile journey for cancer charity

A 20 strong team, locally known as the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club, are all set to take on an epic

A 20 strong team, locally known as the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club, are all set to take on an epic 650 mile fundraiser ride on vintage mopeds across the UK this month, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. - Credit: Archant

A team of moped riders from Norfolk are gearing up for their most epic charity challenge to date.

Next week, 20 vintage mopeds will set off from Spooner Row, near Wymondham, as their riders embark on a 600-mile ride to the north of England and back in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

And as the members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club travel up to Yorkshire and back, they will be spurred on by the memory of a teenager who died last year.

Maisie Colquhoun died in November at the age of 17 and had been treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Her father, Iain Colquhoun, is one of the founding members of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club, which is embarking on its fifth and largest moped ride to date, starting in the early hours of Friday, June 24.

The 20-strong group will pass through 12 counties and cover up to 150 miles a day.

Since 2010, previous charity rides have seen up to nine riders take part in each one, raising £40,000 for charity so far.

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David Nickalls, from Spooner Row Half Hundret Club, said: 'This is our most ambitious ride so far, inspired by the wonderful Maisie who I knew from birth.

'As a testament to her, we have attracted double the usual amount of riders, all focused on making significant contributions to Teenage Cancer Trust.'

Members say the club's unusual name is a reflection on how the word 'hundred' is said in Norfolk. The group hopes to raise £5,000 from their 600 mile ride.

Last weekend, the group held a family fun day in Spooner Row. Organised by friends and family, Saturday's event raised at least £3,700.

Jenny Townsend, regional fundraiser for East Anglia at the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: 'The efforts of this amazing group are vital for us.

'Sadly, we know that for every young person we support, there is another we cannot reach. By 2020, our aim is to be able to offer our expert support and services to every young person who receives a cancer diagnosis. I would like to thank everyone who helped make the family fun day such a success and wish all the riders a safe journey.'

To make a donation in support of the Spooner Row Half Hundret Club visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SpoonerRowHHC