Following the success of Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s annual Ride for Helen Essex, the Charity is delighted to announce their brand new cycling event to the 2021 events calendar.
Ride for Helen Suffolk will take place on Sunday 5th September 2021 and will offer cyclists the chance to sign up for either 65 or 35 mile routes through some of the beautiful Suffolk countryside. The Ride will start and finish at Trinity Park, Ipswich, home of the Suffolk Show.
Social distancing measures will be put in place as required to ensure riders can take part with confidence and guidelines set out by British Cycling will be followed.
Choice of two routes
65 mile route; for the experienced cyclist keen to enjoy some of the beautiful rural Suffolk countryside including Grundisburgh, Clopton Green, Monewden, Kettleburgh, Brandeston, Earl Soham, Saxtead Green, Framlingham, Wickham Market, Tunstall Forest, Chillesford, Melton and Woodbridge. Start time between 8am and 10am.
35 mile route; for the regular cyclist looking for a challenge, cycling on roads passing through Grundisburgh, Clopton Green, Monewden, Hoo, Easton, Wickham Market, Ufford, Melton and Woodbridge. Start time between 10am and 11.30am.
To ensure that riders can enjoy a safe and worry-free ride, extensive safety measures will be put in place to look after riders; Covid-19 is still very much a threat so numbers may be limited in line with Government guidelines. Full details of all the social distancing measures put in place can be found at www.rideforhelen.co.uk
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity are also delighted to have John Grose car dealership onboard as headline sponsor for Ride for Helen Suffolk.
Ian Twinley, Chairman of John Grose said “Helen Rollason are a wonderful charity that provides therapy and counselling support to those that are affected by cancer. Like many charities they have had a tough twelves months in terms of significantly reduced income so we are very keen to help them with their fundraising efforts.”
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Karen Mitchell said; “We are so excited to be launching a brand new event in our calendar for 2021, Ride for Helen, Suffolk on Sunday 5th September! This follows the success of Ride for Helen, which has taken place annually in Essex and over the years has raised over £130,000 which has enabled us to continue offering our cancer services.
We are delighted to have John Grose car dealership onboard as headline sponsor for Ride for Helen Suffolk and thank Ian and his team for supporting our event.
Also special thanks to Multitech Site Services in Great Dunmow for financial support, Munchy Seeds from Leiston, Suffolk for providing rider snacks and Hudson Print Group from Needham Market, Ipswich for donating all printing requirements for the event.
We would welcome support from other local businesses with the event to contribute towards the event costs to ensure that we can raise as much as we can to support our cancer services. We are looking for;
- Sponsorship of venue hire, medals, refreshments for cyclists, First Aid services and event marketing.
- Donations in kind for example water, rider snacks including bananas.
- Event Volunteers – could your business support our event with some of your team to attend on the day and assist with rider registration?
- Manning marshal points and water stops.
We know many people took up cycling during Lockdown so this is a great opportunity to get outside on two wheels again and support Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Volunteer Sam Sutton-Reid was instrumental in helping us to plan the routes for our new Ride for Helen Suffolk event.”
Volunteer Sam Sutton-Reid from Mersea said “After losing a close friend to cancer suddenly last year I was delighted to hear HRCC had plans to host a Suffolk edition to their very successful Ride for Helen Essex event and keen to support the team at HRCC in the event’s inaugural year. As I’ve seen first-hand, cancer is an indiscriminate force that impacts far too many people. The work that the wonderful people of HRCC do to help in ways not typically covered through the average care plan is invaluable in helping those living with cancer. And if I can help them through cycling, then I’m always keen.”
Karen continues; “It costs around £850,000 annually to keep our charity operational. Therefore we really need to make this event a success and raise as much money as possible to keep our vital charity operational.
During Lockdown we have been supporting clients with welfare calls and telephone counselling as well as setting up an online directory of support and virtual groups. Between July and December 2020, we provided almost 1,000 hours of counselling to support people living with cancer. Here are some examples of the impact this has had on clients:
“You have helped me so much. I honestly do not think I would have got through this period without your weekly support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
“The counsellor has given me back my joy in life. She has taught me how to deal with my own concerns using methods enabling me to deal with worries and fears as they come along..”
Registration is now open for Ride for Helen Suffolk on Sunday 5th September 2021. Adult tickets from £20 each and juniors from £10 each.
Click here to book your tickets or call 01245 380719 to book your tickets today!