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NEWLIFE HEROES USE PEDAL POWER TO HELP DISABLED CHILDREN

The Bradwell Bikers will be cycling 25 miles to raise money which will change the lives of disabled children across Norfolk.

The big-hearted group, which includes more than 20 cyclists whose ages range from 18 to 80, will be setting off from Bradwell on September 24. They will travel along the sea front to Hopton and Corton before moving on to Blundeston, Somerleyton and Belton, before circling back to Bradwell – all to raise money for Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, the largest UK charity providing specialist equipment to children with disabilities and terminal illness.

This will be the 17th year the Bradwell Bikers have taken on a charity challenge – organised by Terence Reeves and Byron Burrell – with a different charity nominated each year to receive funds from the sponsored event.

Terence said: “We have raised about £20,000 in total over the years for different charities and we hope to raise at least £1,500 for Newlife – which is a great cause.

“During the charity bike ride will be stopping off at nine pubs along the way – after all, it’s important to stay hydrated – but we will also be collecting for Newlife in each one.

Sophie Frosdick, aged nine, from Great Yarmouth has Cerebral Palsy as well as a diagnosis of autism and learning disabilities. She needed a specialist seat to support her posture and thanks to Newlife Sophie has a new PPod chair for increased comfort and safety.

Mum Sonya Frosdick said: “The new PPod means she is back at the heart of family life. When she was unwell last week she was able to sit in her chair, comfortable and secure, rather than be in bed all the time. Sophie is happier than ever, sitting in her new PPod.”

To donate to the Bradwell Bikers’ charity event, please contact Terence on 01493 445100.

The UK has more disabled children than ever before and thousands of families are turning to Newlife for equipment ranging from buggies, wheelchairs and standing frames to portable hoists, specialist beds and seating. Newlife also operates the UK’s only emergency equipment loan service.

Right now, Newlife has five disabled and terminally ill children in Norfolk in need of specialist equipment and must raise £6,150 to help them. Newlife has already supported 170 children across Norfolk

Newlife’s Head of Charity Operations Stephen Morgan says: “Newlife really appreciates the support of The Bradwell Bikers – without Newlife heroes like these more children would simply go without the essential equipment they need for everyday life.

“We really want to help change the lives of these children and their families, so we are calling on local individuals, groups, clubs and companies to get involved and support them too. If you think you could help by donating or fundraising, please visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk/norfolk.  Alternatively, contact Suzie or a member of the team on 01543 462777 or email local@newlifecharity.co.uk.



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