Suffolk cyclists take on 450km Vietnam ride for breast cancer charities

The Art for Cure cyclists who will ride in Asia Picture: Caroline Horne

The Art for Cure cyclists who will ride in Asia Picture: Caroline Horne - Credit: Archant

Today is Wear it Pink day and a Suffolk charity has outlined its latest challenge to raise tens of thousands of pounds for breast cancer causes.

Art for Cure’s art and sculpture exhibition took place earlier this year at Glemham Hall, raising £220,000.

Now a team of 45 amateur cyclists, most from Suffolk, will be taking on the great Vietnam to Cambodia bike ride in November, in the hope they can raise another £100,000.

The 10-day challenge starts on November 15, and will see them cycle 450kms from Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon) in southern Vietnam along the Mekong Delta and over the border to Cambodia – finishing at sunset at one of the world’s oldest religious monuments of Angkor Wat.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “This is no holiday! All riders have personally funded their places and the ride will be a gruelling physical and mental challenge in tropical temperatures of over 90 degrees with high humidity.

“Training kicked off four months ago for the group and cyclists are preparing with regular, long rides three to four times a week.”

A resident artist, Sarah Muir Poland, will be travelling with them and an exhibition of their trip will follow on their return.

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This year alone, Art for Cure has donated £100,000 to the Blossom Appeal, the proposed new breast care centre at Ipswich Hospital.

A further £27,000 donation has been made to charity Littlelifts providing chemotherapy comfort boxes to breast cancer patients going through treatment at Ipswich Hospital and the James Paget in Gorleston.

And £3,000 has been donated to the John le Vay Centre at Ipswich Hospital for specialist training of fitness trainers to support those with cancer at local sports venues around Ipswich area.

It has also made substantial donations to Breast Cancer Now, including to a research project led by Professor Chris Lord.

Art for Cure is asking supporters to donate to the Asia bike ride in the hope it can hit its £100,000 target.

Funds raised will support services to those facing a breast cancer diagnosis in East Anglia, support the Blossom Appeal and fund vital national research.

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