Pedal power raises thousands of pounds for West Suffolk Hospital

The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity.
The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity.

Hundreds of cyclists of all ages used their pedal power for a series of bike rides in aid of West Suffolk Hospital.

The second annual West Suffolk Spin attracted 220 riders, who tackled 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile routes around Suffolk from Nowton Park on Sunday.

The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity. George (6) and Emily (4) Wightman start the riders off on their way.

The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity. George (6) and Emily (4) Wightman start the riders off on their way.

There was also a free mini spin for children and families around the park.

The event has raised an estimated £5,000 so far for the hospital’s My WiSH Charity with more money to come.

Sue Smith, fund-raising manager at My WiSH, said: “It was brilliant and exceeded expectations. Once again lots of people supported the event.

“Based on feedback last year we added a 75 mile route and the comments have been incredible.

The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity. Robbie Davidson taking part in the 50 mile ride.

The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity. Robbie Davidson taking part in the 50 mile ride.

“It was really warm and I was a bit concerned it might put off a few of the people who signed up but it did the opposite so we were thrilled.”

She praised My WiSH Charity’s special events committee, chaired by Paul Rayner, for organising the cycle ride.

“A massive thank you to them for spending all of their voluntary time to organise it,” Mrs Smith added.

“We were absolutely delighted with the volunteers for their marshalling, helping out at the park and so many different things.

The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity. Angela Watts (sighted pilot) and Jon Petty prepare to set off on the 50 mile ride.

The West Suffolk Spinsets off from Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds raising money for West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity. Angela Watts (sighted pilot) and Jon Petty prepare to set off on the 50 mile ride.

“We couldn’t do the event without them.”