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Pedal Power for Charity

Pedal power will be the order of the day when cyclists set-out for a 14 mile round trip from Hethersett King’s Head on Sunday, 24th August for charity. 

The 10th annual King’s Head Cycle ride and barbecue will raise funds for the Rodney White Oesophageal Patients’ Association and will take in stops at Little Melton Village Inn, Bawburgh King’s Head, Marlingford Bell and Marlingford Cricket Ground before returning to Hethersett King’s Head for a barbecue, raffle and dancing to Trax Disco.

The Oesophageal Patients’ Association was formed in 1985  when survivors of oesophageal cancer met and found tremendous reassurance in sharing experiences.

The Norwich branch was founded in 1997 as a result of a collaboration between Rodney White and a consultant thoracic surgeon from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The group meets twice a year at the hospital.

The pedal off for the sponsored bike ride is at 1 p.m.  

 

Report of the Event

Cyclists both young and older set off on a 14 mile round trip from Hethersett King’s Head for the 10th annual ride to raise funds for the Rodney White Oesophageal Patients’ Association. 

Early morning rain stopped just in time for the ride which stopped at a number of local pubs including Bawburgh King’s Head, Marlingford Bell and Marlingford Cricket Ground before returning to Hethersett King’s Head for a barbecue, raffle and dancing to Trax Disco.

The Oesophageal Patients’ Association was formed in 1985 when survivors of oesophageal cancer met and found tremendous reassurance in sharing experiences.

The Norwich branch was founded in 1997 as a result of a collaboration between Rodney White and a consultant thoracic surgeon from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The group meets twice a year at the hospital.

Rodney White was on hand to see the cyclists off and a cheque presentation will be held at a later date once the final amount raised is known.  

Cheque Presentation

The 10th annual Hethersett King’s Head charity cycle ride raised Ł1,467 for the Rodney White Oesophageal Patients Association. 

The 12 mile ride started and finished at the King’s Head and also collected at a number of local pubs and cricket clubs on the way round. The ride concluded with a barbecue raffle and music to the local Trax Disco with food supplied by Paddock Farm, Mulbarton. 

South Norfolk District Councillor David Bills and King’s Head licensee Sid Ashley presented a cheque to Rodney White. 

“It was a very successful event and we are already planning for next year,” David Bills said. 

The latest edition of the Oesophageal Patients Association of East Anglia newsletter points out the “disproportionately high incidence of oesophageal cancer in the area.” A research fund has been set up at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to find the likely cause for East Anglia being a geographical hotspot. 

“The Norwich branch is very active in raising money for consultant thoracic surgeon Wyn Parry’s research fund in addition to supporting the Oesophageal Patients Association. We can be very proud that the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital is a leader in this field, “David Bills added.