Charity cyclists say thank you to supporters after completing Olympic-sized challenge

Members of the Anglia Factors team who took part in the Prudential Ride London event - left to right

Members of the Anglia Factors team who took part in the Prudential Ride London event - left to right, David Wright, Liam Harris, Dan Barr, Nathan Harris Joe Harris, and Adam Burt. Picture: SIMON BALLARD - Credit: Archant

A team of riders from Martlesham-based bespoke kitchens and interiors specialist Anglia Factors has raised more than £3,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice after completing the Prudential Ride London 100-mile cycle challenge.

Inspired by their boss’s efforts last year, the team of six craftsmen, designers and fitters joined owner, Daniel Barr on the route taken by competitors in the London 2012 Olympics.

Mr Barr said the ride had been “a tough one”. He said: “I’m so proud and grateful to my team for completing the challenge – and with such good humour throughout.

“It certainly wasn’t easy but we all did it in good time and without incident. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us and helped us to exceed our target of £3000 for St Elizabeth Hospice – that makes all the cramps worthwhile.”

The funds raised by the cycle ride will be supplemented by other fundraising efforts for the hospice by the Anglia Factors team, including cooking demonstrations at the company’s showroom on Gloster Road in Martlesham.

Daniel and his son, Alex, raised almost £5,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice by cycling 300 miles from London to Paris last year with the well-publicised Hospice Team 100.

Daniel said: “St Elizabeth Hospice provides vital services free of charge in East Suffolk. It costs millions of pounds a year to run, and relies on fundraising events and donations.

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“It was awesome to ride the route made famous by the Olympians in 2012.”

Joanne Rodger, events and challenges manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “The team at Anglia Factors has done so well. Ride London is a fantastic event but it’s not for the novice cyclist and for them all to have completed the 100 miles is a big achievement. The money they’ve helped raise for the hospice will stay in the area, helping us to support local people when they need us most.”

The fundraising page is open and donations can be made here

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