A team of 12 friends paid for a day of care and support from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) across Suffolk on Sunday 25th June, having completed a gruelling 150-mile cycle.
The coast to coast challenge, which takes in mountainous terrain from the Western Lake District in Cumbria to Whitby in Yorkshire, is normally completed over four or five days. However, the team – who dubbed themselves the ‘Coastbusters’ – put in an extraordinary effort to finish in just 24 hours, raising £7,801.40 in the process.
The group, from Stowmarket and the surrounding area, included Lauren Staples, Hannah Buckle, Chris Southgate, Holly Haward, Jack Haward, Chris Moore, Moej, Luke Wrigley, Gemma Porch, Jay Watson and Euan Bennett.
Lauren Staples, a Coastbusters member, said:
“We decided to support EACH because they’re a local charity doing invaluable work. Most of us didn’t even own bikes at the start of 2016 so the coast to coast bike ride was the toughest thing we could’ve set out to do.”
EACH cares for 116 children and young people with life-threatening conditions in Suffolk, supporting 106 family members also. It costs the charity £5,300 a day to deliver its service in the county.
Natasha Brame, EACH Suffolk Community Fundraiser, said:
“What a phenomenal achievement by this group of friends! We couldn’t be happier with what they’ve done to support us, so a big thank you to all. We just can’t describe what a boost it is to receive support from the community like this, particularly as we need to bring in more than £5 million from fundraising each year.”
For more information about EACH please visit: www.each.org.uk