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Fundraisers epic West to East Cycle Challenge

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 11 September 2018 | Comments

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A team of fundraisers are embarking on an iconic west to east cycle challenge across the country to raise money for a charity which helps people with learning disabilities in Suffolk.

David Ritchie, deputy cabinet member for adult social care at Suffolk County Council and cabinet member for planning and coastal management at Waveney District Council, has persuaded three friends to join him on the 400mile cycle ride for FitzRoy, which transforms the lives of people with learning difficulties and autism.

The team, who will travel without a support vehicle, will set off from St David’s in Wales on Thursday September 20 and will arrive in Lowestoft on Tuesday September 25.

Councillor Ritchie, 66, said:

“I am very impressed with the work FitzRoy does to transform the lives of adults with learning disabilities, especially in Suffolk, and I am grateful for this opportunity to fundraise for them.

“I used to cycle a lot in my younger days, but I’m hoping, that although this challenge will be hard in parts, we will be successful in our endeavour. I know the team will be very supportive of one another. I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Councillor Ritchie will be accompanied by Derek Whatley, 71, Gordon Busbridge, 63, and Andy Hipper,49. 

Beccy Hopfensperger, cabinet member for adult care at Suffolk County Council, said:

“In Suffolk we endorse healthy lifestyles and it is great to see how David and his team mates have combined their love of cycling to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

“I would like to wish them the very best of luck during this inspirational challenge.”

Anna Galliford, FitzRoy Chief Executive, said:

“A huge thank you to David, Andy, Derek and Gordon for taking on such a mighty cycle ride in aid of FitzRoy. We wish them a great experience, lots of fun and some wonderful memories.

“The money they raise through this epic cycle ride will help provide vital resources that make a real difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism, like a sensory room that can liberate someone with complex needs from a wheelchair or an iPad to help them communicate with loved ones and be understood.”

FitzRoy is a national charity that transforms the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism, helping them live more independently at home and in the community. It listens to people, helping them make their own choices. They believe disabilities shouldn’t exclude or hold people back from doing the things they want to do. FitzRoy runs 87 services across England and provides flexible support to more than 800 adults with the support of around 900 staff nationally. www.fitzroy.org

 If you would like to sponsor the team please click here.