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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.

Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham
And off they go (1981377)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham And off they go (1981377)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham
Lesley Edwards (1981383)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham Lesley Edwards (1981383)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham
LtoR, MJ Ray, Bridget Woods, Trevor Riches, Clare Penny. (1981385)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham LtoR, MJ Ray, Bridget Woods, Trevor Riches, Clare Penny. (1981385)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham
Ready for the off, LtoR, Ashton Shah (4), Ash Shah, Jennifer Shah, Zane Shah (6) (1981389)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham Ready for the off, LtoR, Ashton Shah (4), Ash Shah, Jennifer Shah, Zane Shah (6) (1981389)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham
Sir Henry Bellingham MP, with Andy Larham (Left) and Mark Gregory (right) (1981393)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham Sir Henry Bellingham MP, with Andy Larham (Left) and Mark Gregory (right) (1981393)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham
The Sale family (LtoR), Thomas, Martin, Harriet, Catherine and Jon with Borough Mayor and Mayoress Nick and Cheryl Daubney (1981395)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham The Sale family (LtoR), Thomas, Martin, Harriet, Catherine and Jon with Borough Mayor and Mayoress Nick and Cheryl Daubney (1981395)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham
Ready for the off, LtoR, James Mann, Oliver Mann, Lisa Mann, Amelia Mann (1981397)
Friends of King's Lynn Samaritans Annual Charity Bike Ride at Sandringham Ready for the off, LtoR, James Mann, Oliver Mann, Lisa Mann, Amelia Mann (1981397)

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