Twenty-one EACH workers to take part in Ride for Life to mark Quidenham hospice anniversary

A 21-strong charity team will be getting on their bikes to raise money for an East Anglian charity by taking part in the Ride for Life event.

The team from East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) has been selected from all areas of the charity's work including nurses, fundraisers and marketing and communications staff and the number taking part is especially significant as it represents the number of years the Quidenham hospice has been open.

The popular cycling event will take place at Thetford Forest on May 20 and the team will raise vital funds for EACH, which also has hospices at Milton and Ipswich.

The charity's Royal patron the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Ipswich hospice in mid-March and the cycling team is using words in her speech about the importance of teamwork as motivation for their fundraiser.

Claire LeLievre, EACH Norfolk fundraiser and event organiser, said: 'Every team member will represent a year the hospice has been opened. Their involvement will recognise the care and support we deliver to life-threatened children and their families at Quidenham and the difference it has made to their lives.

'Staff from all aspects of the charity will be taking part to show just how diverse EACH is, and echoing a recent speech made by our Royal Patron The Duchess of Cambridge, their participation will also show 'that through team work, so much can be achieved.'

The Ride for Life event, which is in its 19th year, has raised more than �726,861 since it began.

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There are 10 mile and 25 mile off road routes and 19 mile and 35 mile on road routes are available, as well as three mile and nine mile walking routes.

The event has grown significantly since it began in 1994 and approximately 1,000 cyclists and walkers of varying ages and abilities now take part every year.

EACH delivers care and support to local life-threatened children and their families- in families' homes or at the hospices and needs to raise �4.8 million from the public to deliver services this year.

For more information visit www.each.org.uk or phone 01953 715559.

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