Terrington St Clement family will Ride for Life to help children’s hospice charity

East Anglia's Children's Hospices' event will be held in the heart of Thetford Forest

They have taken part in East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Ride for Life for the past decade and now the Bobbins family hope their efforts will inspire others to sign-up.

Heather Bobbins, from Terrington St Clement, and her husband Mark, along with sons Archie, 14 and Alfie, 11, have raised thousands for the charity over the past ten years.

Mrs Bobbins said: 'We started doing it years ago as a whole family, with the boys on the back of our bikes in baby seats and a tag along bike, our friends and their families join in too.

'It really is a great family event with something for everyone, and if you don't want to bike you can take part in the walks instead.

'We take part because it's fun and we love off road biking and it is flatter than our normal biking in the Derbyshire Valleys.

'We also do it because we want to support EACH and we realise how fortunate we are to have healthy children.'

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In 2005 Archie and Alfie won the prize for the highest children fundraisers and this year the family are taking part in the 25-mile off-road route.

Archie said: 'I'm looking forward to Ride For Life this year, as it's always a fun day. I've been doing some training – and cycled more than 30 miles from Reepham to Norwich and back recently.

'It's a challenge but it's worth it knowing you're helping other less fortunate than you.'

Ride for Life, now in its 19th year, will take place in the heart of Thetford Forest on Sunday, May 20.

Based at the village green in Santon Downham, there are 10 and 25 mile off-road routes as well as 19 and 35 mile on-road routes available. There are also three and nine mile walking routes.

Participants and supporters will also be able to enjoy live acoustic music as well as an array of food stalls.

Mark Loades, EACH Norfolk partnerships manager, said: 'The Bobbins' family are a great inspiration to us as they continue to support the charity at Ride For Life.

'Not only do they take part annually and raise funds for the charity, but they also encourage their friends to take part and support EACH too.

'We hope their dedication and enthusiasm for the event inspires others to sign-up.'

The charity supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Essex.

But EACH needs to raise around �4.8m from public donations to deliver its services this year which equates to more than �13,000 a day.

Registration fees cover the cost of the event, so sponsorship is encouraged. For more information visit www.each.org.uk or call 01953 715559.

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