Pig races and soggy cyclists help Beat It!

St Edmunds Wheel organised off-road ride for Beat It and WSH Breast Cancer Unit.
St Edmunds Wheel organised off-road ride for Beat It and WSH Breast Cancer Unit.
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Intrepid cyclists and electric pigs helped boost our Beat It! appeal to buy a prostate probe last weekend.

Cyclists heading for the Culford start of St Edmunds Wheel’s forest cycle ride on Sundayfaced roads flooded by overnight rain.

Bury Lions Club's electric pig racing in aid of the Beat It appeal

Bury Lions Club's electric pig racing in aid of the Beat It appeal

But while it put off on-the-day entries, 50 pre-booked cyclists rode out and raised about £1,500 for Beat It! and West Suffolk Hospital’s breast cancer unit. It is the second event St Edmunds Wheel has held this year for the two causes.

Organiser Brian Hurrell said: “It stopped raining when they set off at 10 and it didn’t rain until they came back. It was well worth putting on.”

Electric pig racing was Bury St Edmunds’ new Lions Club’s first fund raiser on Saturday at Westbury Community Centre and raised £631. The centre gave the hall free and business sponsored races and gave prizes.

The electric pigs ‘rest’ when they feel like it, making winners difficult to pick.

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An online auction starts today as part of a ‘show your colours’ day the hospital staff are having on October 25th when they wear their favourite team’s colours.

Anyone can bid for a Norwich City shirt signed by the current first team or a behind-the-scenes visit to BBC Radio Suffolk’s ‘Life’s a Pitch’ football show on Saturday December 21 before watching Ipswich take on Watford. Email bids to dave.gooderham@wsh.nhs.uk by October 31.

Throughout the fortnight, the current highest bid will be shown on the latest news section of the hospital charity’s website at www.wsh.nhs.uk/charity

‘Show your colours’ is the brainchild of James Butcher, lead speciality manager at the hospital’s eye treatment centre. He said: “Sport is something that unites people and we thought this kind of day was a perfect fundraiser for the Beat It campaign.

Bury Lions Club's electric pig racing in aid of the Beat It appeal

Bury Lions Club's electric pig racing in aid of the Beat It appeal

“We are hoping staff and volunteers from across all areas of the hospital will, where appropriate, don their favourite sports shirt and wear it with pride.”

Donate to Beat It! at www.justgiving.com/BFP-Beat-It