A Bury St Edmunds hospice has benefited to the tune of nearly £82,000 from two cycle challenges - with more fund-raising events planned this weekend to help it provide vital care.
St Nicholas Hospice Care received £78,928 from the five-day Memorial Cycle Ride held to mark the 40th anniversary of a plane crash which killed 18 members of Bury Rugby Club.
An equal amount will go to the Haberden Trust at the rugby club towards floodlighting for its youth pitches.
Austin Cornish, who lost his father Laurie in the disaster and was one of the organisers, said: “When we came up with the idea in May last year we thought it might raise £40,000 so we are delighted it raised more than £157,00.”
In addition, the Women on Wheels cycle ride, which saw riders tackle five or 20-mile routes, raised £3,183.58 with Rudlings Wakelam donating £500. Combined the two rides will help pay for the hospice to operate for a week as it needs £11,000 a day to function.
This Sunday (June 29) two further events will bring in more money with men being given the chance to don superhero fancy dress for a sponsored walk around Nowton Park from 2.30pm. To sign up visit www.stnicholashospicecare.co.uk
Moreton Hall Open Gardens from 10am to 2pm will feature 22 green havens including one with a greenhouse made from empty bottles. Tickets and maps are available from organisers The Coffee House, in Lawson Place.