EACH coast to coast bike ride

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Friends pay for a day of care and support from EACH after extraordinary coast to coast bike ride

A team of 12 friends will pay for a for a day of care and support from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) across Suffolk this Sunday (25 June), having completed a gruelling 150-mile cycle.

The coast to coast challenge, which takes in mountainous terrain from the Western Lake District in Cumbria to Whitby in Yorkshire, is normally completed over four or five days.

However, the team – who dubbed themselves the ‘Coastbusters’ – put in an extraordinary effort to finish in just 24 hours, raising £7,801.40 in the process.

The group, from Stowmarket and the surrounding area, included Lauren Staples, Hannah Buckle, Chris Southgate, Holly Haward, Jack Haward, Chris Moore, Moej, Luke Wrigley, Gemma Porch, Jay Watson, Euan Bennett.

Lauren Staples, a Coastbusters member, said: “We decided to support EACH because they’re a local charity doing invaluable work. Most of us didn’t even own bikes at the start of 2016 so the coast to coast bike ride was the toughest thing we could’ve set out to do.

“It was nowhere near as tough, though, as what families supported by EACH go through every day. Fortunately none of us have first-hand experience of this, but we can only imagine how invaluable EACH’s support is.

“We’re delighted to have raised enough money to pay for a day of EACH services across Suffolk.”

EACH cares for 116 children and young people with life-threatening conditions in Suffolk, supporting 106 family members also. It costs the charity £5,300 a day to deliver its service in the county.

Natasha Brame, EACH Suffolk Community Fundraiser, said: “What a phenomenal achievement by this group of friends! We couldn’t be happier with what they’ve done to support us, so a big thank you to all.

“We just can’t describe what a boost it is to receive support from the community like this, particularly as we need to bring in more than £5 million from fundraising each year.”

For more information about EACH go to www.each.org.uk.

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