Champion jockey backs charity cycle ride

CHAMPION jockey Frankie Dettori is encouraging people to join the Ride for Life in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH) this summer.

Russell Claydon

CHAMPION jockey Frankie Dettori is encouraging people to join the Ride for Life in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH) this summer.

Hundreds of cyclists and walkers are expected to take to Rendlesham Forest for the sixth annual Ride for Life in aid of Ipswich Children's Hospice on Sunday, June 15.

Mr Dettori, a patron of the charity, said the ride in Rendlesham was a vital fundraising activity for EACH and urged people to sign up for the event.

“Having recently visited my local EACH hospice (in Quidenham), and as a father, it is comforting to know that the charity is there to support local families who have children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions,” he said.

“The different aspects of hospice care they deliver is vital to the families who find themselves in need of help.

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“As patron and a supporter of EACH, I do know they only receive a small proportion of their funding from the Government, so fundraising events like Ride for Life in Rendlesham are crucial for their work to continue.”

The Italian-born jockey, who lives near Newmarket, added: “You won't be able to ride a horse, but please support us by joining one of the cycle or walking routes and raise as much sponsorship as you can.”

The rides and walk all depart from the Visitor Centre in Rendlesham Forest on June 15.

People can register for one of three off road routes circuits of six, ten or 18.5 miles circuits, suitable for most types of bike and rider, all taking in the summer beauty of the forest setting.

A special father's day walk of three miles will also be organised and the family day will include a barbeque and refreshments.

EACH is a registered charity which relies on public support for around 80% of its required income of approximately £4.9 million a year.

Anyone wishing to enter can either call 01953 715559 for an entry form or enter online at www.each.org.uk/rideforlife.

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