A wheely fun family day out

2 May 2017

2016 Cycle Together participantsCycle Together Sandringham, West Norfolk’s premier charity cycling event, is challenging youngsters to raise money for disabled people visiting the region. The event is also offering prizes for schools, Scouts and Guide groups that take part in this family-friendly ride on Sunday 18 June.

Cycle Together is staged to raise money for disabled guests staying at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Park House hotel in Sandringham and has routes suitable for all ages and abilities.

The prizes for youngsters this year are:

  • £100 IT support voucher for the school with the highest percentage of its pupils taking part
  • a free session on the climbing wall at Lynnsport Alive Leisure for the Scouting or Guiding group with the largest turnout
  • there are also special prizes for the youngest rider, the biggest family group, and a framed photo for the best picture on social media

Cyclists can choose from 10-, 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-miles distance routes, all fully sign-posted. Riders can also enjoy free feed stations stocked with cold drinks and nutritious snacks, as well as food and drink tents afterwards at Park House Hotel.

All cyclists will help Leonard Cheshire Disability raise funds to create an outdoor games area, adapted to the needs of disabled guests at Park House.

Flitcham mum Justine Cullum signed up for Cycle Together after her 10-year old daughter decided to take on the 25-mile route.

She said:

‘Park House is very local and I think it’s very important that young children get involved with their community.

‘It’s crucial that they are aware that you only get out of your community what you put in.

‘I’ll be following my daughter on the 25-mile route and I’ll be just grateful if I finish with no chain problems or punctures!’

Hotel manager Tess Gilder said:

‘Cycle Together Sandringham raises vital funds for Park House, which gives disabled people and their carers the chance of a much-needed holiday.

‘While 100% of the entry fees go direct to the charity, we also urge participants to raise as much as they can through sponsorship so we can do even more for our disabled guests when they visit.’

Last year over 100 children took part, accompanied by their parents or grandparents. The youngest on the 10-mile route was just 5 years old, and a very determined 10 year old even managed 50 miles.

Entry for children under 16 is only £5 for all distances, plus any sponsorship money they are able to fundraise.

For more details text ‘CYCLE’ to 80878, or email local organiser Phil Davies.

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