Gallery: St Elizabeth Hospice’s On Your Bike sponsored cycle from Framlingham College raises �12,000

MORE than 200 cyclists turned out in force for a fundraising pedal through the Suffolk countryside.

St Elizabeth Hospice’s third annual On Your Bike event took place on Sunday from Framlingham College. The sponsored ride raised �12,000 for the Ipswich based charity, which provides vital care and support for people living with a progressive illness and their families.

The 75 mile route was the most popular, with 80 people taking on the challenge, while others enjoyed a more relaxing 15 mile route.

Organiser Emily Sullivan said: “Thank you to everyone who supported us, all those who took part and the volunteers who helped out prior to and on the day.

“The support of the local community helps us continue to grow local hospice care for local people. We are very grateful for every penny participants raised. Every �100 is equivalent to the cost of a hospice nurse for five hours, helping them to continue their vital work.” Douglas Flood, St Elizabeth Hospice’s income generation manager, added: “I’ve taken part in On Your Bike for the past three years and always enjoy the challenge. The weather was perfect for cycling the 75 mile route.”

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St Elizabeth Hospice provides its services free of charge and costs �8.7m a year to run, with most of that from donations.

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