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A cycling fundraiser took place on Sunday with members of the King's Lynn Samaritans meeting at Snettisham Park Farm before setting off.

The group raised funds, which are still being counted, and awareness of the work that the charity do.

A gazebo was in place for people to make donations and learn about the organisation and potentially volunteer.

Organised by Richard James, the group met at Snettisham Park Farm to start the cycle ride in aid of the King's Lynn Samaritans Pictured LtoR: Richard James, Eilish Crowsen, Anne Armstrong, Neil O'Hara, Adrian Goldsmith, Rachel Goldsmith, chairman and Mark Robinson. MLNF-22MF5077
Organised by Richard James, the group met at Snettisham Park Farm to start the cycle ride in aid of the King's Lynn Samaritans Pictured LtoR: Richard James, Eilish Crowsen, Anne Armstrong, Neil O'Hara, Adrian Goldsmith, Rachel Goldsmith, chairman and Mark Robinson. MLNF-22MF5077

Edward Kenny said: "There was a pretty good turn out with families and such like.

"Also a number of attendees were from local cycling clubs who dropped in as part of their regular route and Rachel Goldsmith, chairman, was there so it all worked really well.

"We take about 1500 calls a month from people who are distressed or suicidal and it takes a lot to run the King's Lynn Samaritans branch.

Pictured: a cycle ride in aid of King's Lynn Samaritans started at Snettisham Park Farm. LtoR Adrian Goldsmith, Mark Robinson, Rachel Goldsmith, chairman, Richard James and Eilish Crowsen. MLNF-22MF5074
Pictured: a cycle ride in aid of King's Lynn Samaritans started at Snettisham Park Farm. LtoR Adrian Goldsmith, Mark Robinson, Rachel Goldsmith, chairman, Richard James and Eilish Crowsen. MLNF-22MF5074

"We have the building on Queen Street to run with heating etcetera and so every £5 we raise enables us to answer one more call.

"Nationally the Samaritans receive three million calls a year, and King's Lynn is a medium sized branch so it takes £5 per call in order to keep the branch running.

"Richard Jones organised the event who is a very keen cyclist.

Snettisham Park Farm cycle ride for King's Lynn Samaritans. Pictured LtoR Rachel Goldsmith, chairman and Richard James, organiser. MLNF-22MF5076
Snettisham Park Farm cycle ride for King's Lynn Samaritans. Pictured LtoR Rachel Goldsmith, chairman and Richard James, organiser. MLNF-22MF5076

"The event helps to raise money but also awareness for the Samaritans and thirdly it helps us to attract volunteers and we are always looking.

"Many semi-pro cyclists stopped at the gazebo and chucked some money into one of the buckets."

There were varying routes and distances that could be taken and cyclists could get donations from the families, friends and neighbours in advance of the event.

The cycling event brought awareness to the King's Lynn Samaritans and raised vital funds. MLNF-22MF5078
The cycling event brought awareness to the King's Lynn Samaritans and raised vital funds. MLNF-22MF5078

Rachel said: "We raised an estimated £500 from the day.

"It was a really nice atmosphere, the riders were really enthusiastic.

"It was a lovely, fun day."

Members of the King's Lynn Samaritans met at Snettisham Park Farm for a charity cycle ride. MLNF-22MF5079
Members of the King's Lynn Samaritans met at Snettisham Park Farm for a charity cycle ride. MLNF-22MF5079


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