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Swaffham couple face Nelson’s Journey charity ride

Robbie and Hilary Woods, who are cycling 100 miles from Yarmouth to Swaffham to raise money for Nelson's Journey

Robbie and Hilary Woods, who are cycling 100 miles from Yarmouth to Swaffham to raise money for Nelson's Journey

A Swaffham couple are preparing for a 100-mile bike ride back to the town tomorrow in aid of a Norfolk children’s charity.

Robbie and Hilary Woods plan to cycle to the town from Yarmouth in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for Nelson’s Journey, which supports bereaved children across the county.

And, in keeping with the charity’s name, the couple plan to start their journey from the Nelson memorial in Yarmouth.

They will also pass through significant places in the life of the great naval commander, including his birthplace of Burnham Thorpe, before reaching the finish line at Swaffham’s Conservative Club, of which Robbie is the chairman and Hilary is also a committee member. Fellow committee members Bill and Anna Manser will be supporting them.

The couple have been only been training together for the past few weeks after Hilary, 50, bought her bike last month.

Robbie, 58, said he had been looking at cycling to Yarmouth from Nelson’s Column in London with friends, before settling on the shorter challenge.

He said: “She just decided she wanted to do it. She’s gradually got up from 15 to 30 miles and on Saturday we got up to 65.

“We’re just going to do a couple of short rides this week and rest up.”

Robbie, who is a senior transformation project manager at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, said he had been inspired to help Nelson’s Journey both through the experiences of colleagues at the hospital who have worked with them and its strong local connections.

He said: “I like to see things done for Norfolk people. Helping bereaved children is a nice thing to do.”

The couple, who are hoping to raise around £500 for the charity, plan to set off from Yarmouth at 11.15am and hope to reach the finish by around 7pm.

Anyone who wants to donate should go online to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Robnhilschallenge100

 

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