Round-Britain cyclist Maggie Scorer recognised with fundraising award
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A Suffolk fundraiser who cycled round Britain with her golden retriever in tow has been honoured with a prestigious award by one of her chosen charities.
Maggie Scorer, from Snape, received the ‘Challenge Fundraiser of the Year’ award at a ceremony hosted by Bloodwise.
In September, the 66-year-old arrived back in Suffolk after six months on the road, cycling the coast of Britain with her canine companion Oscar, in aid of the blood cancer charity formerly known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Maggie, who also set out to raise money for stillborn charity Sands, was given the ITV News Anglia’s Pride of Britain fundraiser award on her return home from the 5,000-mile challenge, having generated more than £21,000 in donations.
Maggie chose to support Sands after giving birth to a stillborn baby in 1977, and picked Bloodwise after her son-in-law was diagnosed with myelofibrosis.
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The grandmother said she was honoured to have received the latest recognition for the Dog on Tour challenge.
“It was an amazing journey around an extraordinary country,” she added.
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“It’s quite difficult to readjust after being away for that period of time. It’s a lot to take in, but I’m very satisfied we did it.
“I hope to have inspired people, particularly of my age group.
“I’ve been asked what made me keep going, but I couldn’t possibly have given up. Even in the cold and rain, and the times when no one else was around, I had to keep going.”
Matt Lawley, head of sports at Bloodwise, said: “We are delighted to present this award to Maggie.
“What she achieved this year on her bike, particularly given the elements she had to battle with at times, is remarkable. “She thoroughly deserves recognition for her support, as does Oscar, who I know was a huge comfort to Maggie throughout her long challenge.”