Fund-raisers from St Edmund’s Wheel Trust have handed over more than £20,000 to local charities.
The cash came from the summer’s Bury St Edmunds bike ride – which attracted a record number of more than 700 cyclists – and an off-road autumn cycling event.
Supporters and charity representatives received cheques at the annual presentation evening at Denny Bros.
St Edmund’s Wheel Trust has now handed over £217,000 to charity since it started as the Bury Bike Ride in 1998. It became St Edmund’s Wheel in 2004.
The three men in charge of the trust are Brian Hurrell, Ian Turner and Steve Laycock.
Mr Laycock said at the reception: “It has been a great pleasure to be involved for the past 16 years and the real stars of tonight are those at the sharp end who do fantastic work for our community each and every day. We are so pleased to be able to support them.”
Eight groups were supported at last Thursday’s presentation. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each), the VIP Club, Focus 12 and Lawshall and Cockfield Girls FC were the first to receive cash from organisers. These were followed by the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), West Suffolk Breast Care and St Nicholas Hospice Care.
One of the main beneficiaries on the night was the Bury Free Press Beat It! Appeal, which is seeking to raise £55,000 to buy a prostate cancer scanner for West Suffolk Hospital. Editor Barry Peters was on hand to receive a cheque from Ian Turner, along with the hospital’s Jan Bloomfield. He thanked supporters for their many hours of hard work and said the appeal was now within touching distance of its total with just a few weeks remaining.