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Fundraiser completes ‘Tour de Suffolk’ as part of round pound charity campaign

Mandy Hearle is 'held up' by the metal cowboy sculpture on the B1125, outside Middleton, on her cross-county ride. Picture: MANDY HEARLE

Mandy Hearle is 'held up' by the metal cowboy sculpture on the B1125, outside Middleton, on her cross-county ride. Picture: MANDY HEARLE

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With all the recent talk of cyclists crossing the county for the Tour of Britain, one fundraiser has already been there and done that.

The Rotary Club of Woodbridge helped raise �650 towards Mandy Hearle's fundraising effort. Picture: CLIFF LONGMANThe Rotary Club of Woodbridge helped raise �650 towards Mandy Hearle's fundraising effort. Picture: CLIFF LONGMAN

Mandy Hearle, from Melton, near Woodbridge, has raised thousands for international emergency aid charity Médecins Sans Frontières.

For her latest charity challenge, she planned to ride a ‘pedalmajig’ contraption designed by local schoolchildren, but a regular bike proved more practical for the 250-mile trip.

It was all part of Mandy’s effort to collect old pound coins before they cease to be legal tender on October 15.

The local Rotary Club helped raise £650 by asking people to place a pound on the organisation’s wheel emblem

Another £371 was donated on the last day of operation before the closure of the Deben Pool, where Mandy works.

She managed the ‘Tour de Suffolk’ in 27 hours, carrying the pedalmajig design, with just an hour’s rest “on a bit of lino, under a plastic sack”.

Two people have been killed in a collision on a road near Newmarket.

Fears have been raised that Suffolk may have a systemic problem with how children’s homes are run after a third establishment was given a poor Ofsted rating in the last 10 weeks.

Jennifer Pearson from Felixstowe claims she had dog mess shoved through her letter box, her tyres slashed, and even had people spit at her – leaving her youngest daughter in tears.

Sixteen people were rescued from rising water after four cars and a bus got stuck in high tide on The Strood crossing at Mersea Island.

A community close to the Essex Suffolk border has been left shocked and saddened following the death of a pedestrian.

The heart of two communities shone through as well-wishers - including an MP - rushed to help people injured in two serious falls.

Suffolk may have enjoyed an almost frost-free winter so far, but the big freeze descended on one town this weekend and so did scores of visitors enticed by the ice.

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