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King's Lynn homeless charity calls on supporters to get on their bikes for weekend challenge

Supporters of a Lynn homeless charity are being encouraged to get on their bikes this weekend to help raise funds for its ongoing work.

The Purfleet Trust is appealing for people to take part in the virtual Ride London, which is taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

It is replacing the established event, which was first staged in 2013 as part of the legacy from the London Olympics and was called off earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Purfleet Trust's headquarters in Lynn.
The Purfleet Trust's headquarters in Lynn.

Participants can choose from three different challenges, covering either 19, 46 or 100 miles respectively over any route they choose.

Alternatively, riders can set their own FreeCycle challenge to help raise funds for the cause.

Purfleet Trust chief executive Paula Hall said: "We would love people to get involved with this event and have put the fun in to fundraising.

"The last few months have been challenging for many charities.

"We are so grateful to our wonderful local community for being there for us and all those we work with.

"We have been able to keep our essential services for vulnerable people running throughout lockdown and with you, our supporters, by our side we will continue to evolve and grow the support we can offer.”

The event, which is free to take part in, was developed following the success of the 2.6 Challenge that was devised to replace the London Marathon.

That event will now take place in October, but as an elite race only, without the traditional mass participation that normally sees tens of thousands of runners taking to the streets of the capital.

Participants can sign up online at www.myridelondon.co.uk. Every rider aged over 18 who registers will have the option of being entered into a competition to win prizes including a bike worth over £1,000.

Event director Hugh Brasher said: “Charities desperately need help to continue to provide vital services to every sector of society and fund critical research.

"In this socially distanced world, it’s also vitally important to encourage people to get on two wheels rather than use public transport."

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