Cyclists set off on charity bike ride

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Up to around 50 cyclists are taking part in a 37 mile bike ride today to raise funds for Headway Eastern Region.

The charity, which offers a range of services in Bury St Edmunds, supports people with acquired brain injury and those who care for them.

The Headway Cycle Ride has been running for five years but, for the first time, this year’s event has seen groups set off from three different locations, Bury, Cambridge and Ipswich.

Aiden Jeffreys, 45, of Horringer, was among the Bury group, which started at the Moreton Hall Community Centre, in Symonds Road, and headed for National Cycle Route 51.

He said: “I’ve got cousins starting from Cambridge so we might meet up in Claydon or back here afterwards.

“I just got into cycling last year, I like the freedom of it, and Route 51 is a fantastic route through the villages where there’s no traffic.”

Fellow cyclist Steve Cole, 54, from Kesgrave, was riding alongside six colleagues from Ipswich-based Seven Asset Management.

It is the fourth time they have taken part in the bike ride and they have already raised £2,500 for the latest event.

Mr Cole said: “It’s great fun and is for a great cause as well. We’ve seen the great work Headway do and we’re happy to support it while giving up some time to improve our fitness.

“It’s a bit of a challenge, we’re not avid cyclists, but we have fun and that’s what it’s all about.”

Dave Taylor, manager of West Suffolk Headway, in Bury, said: “Yes the event’s about fund-raising, but it’s also about raising awareness and raising the profile of Headway.”

All participating cyclists were encouraged to wear safety helmets.

Mr Taylor said: “Headway’s not against cycling, it’s a really good activity, but, as with anything in life, you have got to do it safely.”

Inside the Moreton Hall Community Centre was a display of art work produced by pupils from Howard Middle School, in Bury, as part of a competition run in conjunction with Headway.

Year six pupil Willow Gayfer will see her winning design brought to life by Moreton Hall-based Coast Line Graphics on a helmet donated by Revel Outdoors, in Bury.

Headway, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, needs to raise around £25,000 each year to continue providing its full range of activities and services.

To find out more about it, visit www.wsheadway.com

The charity has also produced a number of informative but attractive calendars which it wants to give away for free. Anyone interested in having one should call 01284 702535.