Headway Suffolk

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It’s back! Cycle Ride and Walk now on 5 September

Our 12th annual Cycle Ride and Walk is back on and will now take place on Saturday 5 September.

The ride, starting and finishing at our hub on West Road in Ipswich (IP3 9FJ), comprises 30, 40 and 50 mile routes through Ipswich, Felixstowe, Newbourne and Martlesham, plus there’s a 10-mile walk through Ipswich town centre.

It’s free to take part if you gain sponsorship of £10 minimum, or just a £10 registration fee. All participants receive a warm welcome and free refreshments at the finish!

It is open to everyone and is an ideal team-building exercise for companies with the Headway Shield presented at our Awards Dinner later in the year to the team that raises the most sponsorship.

Registration and sponsorship forms are available on our events page. You can start your sponsorship online through our Virgin Money Page at https://bit.ly/2zjgsar. Join the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/3159572714063364.

Headway Suffolk is embarking on exciting plans to build a new hub and housing facility for Suffolk and last year 68 people braved Storm Hannah to take part in the Cycle Ride and raise £6,300 for the provision.

Among those were Tony and Leanne Baines, who propelled their 18-year-old son Mark, who is blind and deaf after suffering a brain haemorrhage as a young child, in his specially-adapted wheelchair bike around the course.

Leanne said: “It was hard work up and down the hills as Mark’s bike is very heavy, but it was a fantastic experience and everyone enjoyed it, including Mark, who was singing all the time! It was a great atmosphere.”

A large bulk of the cyclists were from Seven Group, an asset and property management company.

The group’s deputy MD Steve Cole said: “The weather wasn’t good for cycling, so we reduced the miles to 30 for safety reasons and everyone got round with no traumas or issues. Headway Suffolk is a great charity doing tremendous work and we’re very pleased to support it.”

Leading law firm Ashtons Legal also took part and Dave Richardson, their Customer Relationship Manager, said: “The weather was brutal and the strong winds made getting up hills double the amount of work than usual. But it was an enjoyable ride and we like supporting Headway Suffolk, so it makes it all worthwhile.”

Alicia Ray and Ellen Burman made it round safely with smiles on a tandem as they enjoyed the camaraderie and team spirit.

Alicia said: “It was a lot of fun and not as difficult as we had expected. We got a good rhythm and worked really well together. Other cyclists were asking how we were doing and giving us support. It was really friendly.”

Read the full review: www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/2019/04/29/storm-hannah-cant-halt-headway-cyclists-and-walkers.