King’s Lynn fundraiser prepares for new charity challenge

Bridget Wells, who is cycling to the lighthouse at Sutton Bridge and powerwalking back to her home in Gaywood, in May to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Bridget Wells, who is cycling to the lighthouse at Sutton Bridge and powerwalking back to her home in Gaywood, in May to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance.

A well-known Lynn fundraiser will take her charity exploits to a new level next month when she embarks on her latest test.

Bridget Wells, 62, will take to the roads on May 7 to complete a 30-mile cycling and power-walking challenge for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Her latest fundraiser will take her to Sutton Bridge Lighthouse and back to her Gaywood home.

Mrs Wells said: “I’ve done the London Marathon and biked 30 miles before but I’ve never cycled and power-walked before.

“It’s a new challenge but I feel great. My mother-in-law has always told me ‘when you put your mind to something, you always do it’.

“I think I will need to allow myself about seven hours to complete it as I don’t know how I’m going to feel on the way back.”

Mrs Wells, who was in preparation has already raised close to £50,000 for various good causes since she began raising money for charity back in 1998.

Her fundraising exploits earned her the Mayor’s civic accolade for voluntary service back in 2015.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance provides a helicopter emergency service (HEMS) across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

Since the turn of the new millennium the EAAA have attended more than 20,000 missions across the region and have to raise in excess of £11m every year to keep their doctors in the air.

“I was training one day when someone from the EAAA saw me and said that they could do with me on their team,” said Mrs Wells, who has already raised £2,000.

“I promised them that my next charity venture would be for them.”

Mrs Wells, who raised £120 through a book sale at Tesco Gaywood on Saturday, has also organised a charity bingo in Tilney St Lawrence Village Hall on Thursday night.

Doors will open at 6.30pm with eyes down at 7.15pm.

Anyone wanting further information or who would like to support Mrs Wells with sponsorship should call 01553 768784.