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Ipswich: Orwell Walk/Ride brings in thousands of pounds for local charities

PUBLISHED: 11:32 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:43 30 June 2014

The Rotary Club Orwell Walk and Cycle Ride 2014.

The Rotary Club Orwell Walk and Cycle Ride 2014.

Hundreds of walkers and cyclists are hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for local charities after taking part in the annual Orwell Walk/Ride from Ipswich to Felixstowe.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Ipswich East, has become a fixture on the town’s calendar since the first was organised in the mid 1970s.

This was the 38th – and the second year that cyclists 
were invited to take part.

With distances ranging from three to 27 miles, there was something for people of all abilities and stamina to take part in – and dozens of local charities are set to benefit.

Rotary Club president Graham Bickers said the final total of participants was expected to top 800: “We’ve got 518 walkers pre-registered and well over 150 cyclists, but we always get a good number who turn up on the day, especially if the weather is good like it is today.”

Participants raise money for their own charities and give 25% of their proceeds to the club. The money it raises goes towards creating special boxes that are flown out to disaster zones.

A tent similar to that flown out as part of an emergency box to the Philippines following last year’s typhoon was on display: “We raised enough money for two of these boxes at this club alone – they are vital in the first hours and days following a disaster,” Mr Bickers said.

This year’s event was sponsored by Fred Olsen which had a team taking part raising money for the Suffolk Family Carers’ appeal to buy a mobile centre.

The crowing of the cockerels - an ancient part of rural life - has been “destroyed” in one village, it is claimed, after owners felt pressured to get rid of their birds following noise complaints.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) paid more than £1 million to taxi firms last year, figures reveal.

A burglar who was involved in a break-in at a house in Trimley St Mary at night while the owners were asleep has been jailed for 28 months.

Rail passengers travelling between Ipswich and Felixstowe today could face delays as engineering works mean fewer trains are able to run.

The wife of a Woodbridge man who went missing while walking in the French Alps almost one year ago says her loss never gets easier – but she gets stronger.

Nearly 280lbs of a product used as a cutting agent for cocaine has been seized at a Felixstowe warehouse.

A 25-year-old man from Essex has been convicted of murdering his step-grandfather after striking him on the head with a dumbbell.

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