Organisers of an annual bike ride in Bury St Edmunds presented £16,000 in donations to various charities including one good cause close to their hearts.
Organisations which benefitted from funds raised during the St Edmunds Wheel Trust ride include St Nicholas Hospice Care, the breast unit at West Suffolk Hospital, the Dame Vera Lynn Trust, the SSAFA Military Charity, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Meanwhile, £1,000 was given to ‘A Chance for Alice’ campaign towards treatment for Alice Turner, aged two, in her battle against an aggressive childhood cancer Neuroblastoma.
She is the granddaughter of St Edmund’s Wheel trustee Ian Turner’s brother David, formerly of Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill and who lives in Drogheda, Ireland.
It is a rare cancer which affects the sympathetic nervous system and she started 18 months of intensive treatment in early January.
The campaign needs to raise £500,000 towards treatment in the US which Alice will ultimately need to prevent a relapse of the disease.
Ian said: “So far they’ve raised £275,000.
“Providing everything is under control it will probably be the middle of next year when she will go to America.”
The campaign is the latest in a string of charities and organisations to benefit from the bike ride, which has raised £232,000 in its 16 year history.
About 530 took part in this year’s event which started from the Abbey Garden with routes of 5, 15, 30, 50, 75 and 100kms.
Trustee Brian Hurrell said next year will be their final bike ride and they aim to go out in style by organising an additional 200km route.
He said: “It’s getting harder out there to raise sponsorship so we’re going to have one more fling and make it the biggest and best.
“We’re going to go back to all the charities we’ve supported in the last 16 years to help us to get people involved.”
Fund-raisers can register for next year’s ride in the new year. Visit www.stedmundswheel.org.uk and www.achanceforalice.ie