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West Norfolk trio raise thousands for air ambulance with 1,000 mile bike ride




A senior official of a Lynn charity group has got on his bike to help replace funds traditionally raised through one of his club's main fundraising events.

Jonathan Holmes, vice-president of the town's Priory Rotary club has completed a 1,000 mile cycling challenge from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

The challenge, which Mr Holmes completed with friends Phil Brown and Jim Hodgkinson, has already raised more than £3,000.

Priory Rotary Club vice-president Jonathan Holmes cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats with Phil Brown and Jim Hodgkinson(41738674)
Priory Rotary Club vice-president Jonathan Holmes cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats with Phil Brown and Jim Hodgkinson(41738674)

And that is expected to increase to around £4,000 when Gift Aid contributions are included.

Mr Holmes took up the challenge in a bid to replace the funds the club traditionally raises for the EAAA during its annual Easter egg trail at Sandringham.

The event was cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Holmes said: "It was a great experience and very challenging with the amount of climbing, so much more than we are used to in Norfolk.

“It was really good of Phil and Jim to also raise funding for EAAA and we are really grateful to our friends, family and fellow Rotarians for their generosity.

"This enabled us to raise more than we expected for EAAA, which particularly needs our support at this time when fundraising is

so difficult.”

Club president Derek Stringer added: “We are very proud of the Jonathan and his colleagues for this tremendous effort.

"This was a daunting challenge and to enable us to more than replace the funding we would raise is fantastic.”



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