Tour de Norfolk funds Big C support centre

Start of the Tour de Norfolk cycle ride from the Norfolk Showground.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Start of the Tour de Norfolk cycle ride from the Norfolk Showground.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pedal power could have fuelled a Big C cancer support centre for about six months after more than 1,300 riders took to the streets for the Bullards Tour de Norfolk.

Setting off from the Norfolk Showground yesterday, riders donated at least £1 to Big C, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, with many raising hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds through individual fund-raising.

Riders could take part in trails ranging from 20 to 100 miles.

And their efforts could have raised between £8,000 and £10,000 to help the charity continue its work in Norfolk. Dan Bell, fund-raising and events manager for Big C, said: 'This is likely to be the largest public fundraiser we have this year with the total amount raised still coming in.

'In other events we might have 10 or 20 online donation pages but for this event we had 70, with some people raising up to £2,000 on one page alone. The main stories we hear are people doing the ride in honour of someone and nine out of 10 people who fund-raise for us are doing it for a personal story. Cancer is so prolific now it affects all of us.

'If we do hit £10,000 that is a huge amount of money and could fund one of our centres for six months.'

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