Cycling round Suffolk to raise money for charity

The directors and chairman of building contractors Barnes are getting on their bikes, to ride round

The directors and chairman of building contractors Barnes are getting on their bikes, to ride round Suffolk for charity, in memory of colleague and friend Nick Fayers, who died in December. Team Barnes is pictured from left to right: Mark Bailey, William Barnes, Bob Steward, Mark Hart, Colin Clements and John Goosen. Chris Bruce is also taking part but was not available for the picture. - Credit: Archant

The directors and chairman of a regional building contractor are getting on their bikes to raise money in memory of their colleague and friend, Nick Fayers who died in December.

The seven individuals who make up Team Barnes are busy training and harnessing their pedal power, to cycle 100 miles around the Suffolk countryside over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday September 22 and 23.

On their journey, they will pass a good of completed or in-progress sites that Barnes Construction has been involved in over its 40-year history.

The cycle marathon kicks off early on Saturday morning at Barnes Construction’s office on Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, and from there Team Barnes will cycle the 100-miles passing through Wattisham, Sudbury, Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds, before returning to the office on Sunday evening via Woolpit, Stowupland, Debenham and Woodbridge.

Mark Hart, joint MD at Barnes Construction said: “When Nick passed away last year, we not only lost a valued colleague, but also a close friend. Nick had a long-standing condition called MEN1, for which the family and The Barnes Group - where Nick worked for the last 34 years - are now working hard to raise as much money as possible to support Amend UK, the charity which carries out research and provides advice to sufferers of this hereditary condition.

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“This is our own personal fundraising initiative in homage to Nick and some of us are feeling slightly nervous as we haven’t spent much time on a bike, so the journey could get very interesting along the way!”

What is particularly humbling is that before the team have even jumped on their bikes, they have received many generous donations from family, friends and the local business community, he added.

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