Charity supporters out in force for annual Sandringham bike ride
Dozens of riders have helped to provide a listening ear to people in crisis by taking part in a Lynn group’s annual fundraising bike ride.
Over £1,000 was raised in collections made for the town’s Samaritans branch during the event held at Sandringham yesterday and more will follow once sponsorship pledges have been collected.
Although the Lynn branch is recognised as an official Samaritans group, it needs to raise around £40,000 a year in order to remain open and the bike ride is one of its main fundraising events.
Branch director Gill Sale said: “It was very successful. We had 128 riders, 22 more than last year.
“We also had a lot of new riders who said how much they had enjoyed it and they would be back next year.”
The Lynn branch is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and, as a result, the theme of this year’s ride was Going for Gold.
Many riders completed the ride, which covered routes of eight or 14 miles, in fancy dress costumes judged by North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham and the borough’s new mayor and mayoress, Nick and Cheryl Daubney.
Plans are also being drawn up for a special anniversary garden, which is set to be displayed at the Sandringham Flower Show this summer.