Charity gearing up for TV vote

IPSWICH charity Orwell Mencap Genesis will be saying “on your bike” to shoppers in the town centre today.

IPSWICH charity Orwell Mencap Genesis will be saying “on your bike” to shoppers in the town centre today.

The charity is through to the final of the People's Millions Lottery program, and will be peddling The Green Bike Project as voting takes place for the sought-after prize.

The People's Millions will pitch two projects head to head every night for four nights - Monday to Thursday - on Anglia News. The winning project each night gets £50,000.

The Green Bike Project aims to remove bicycles from landfill, teach disabled people to refurbish them, and then use them in a variety of innovative ways, like as a prescription from GPs for conditions such as high blood pressure and obesity, and putting hire points in the Ipswich Parks.

The Green Bike Project will go up against another worthy cause, Ipswich Charioteers Wheelchair Football Club, during the ITV Anglia News program at 6pm today.

Damien Ribbans, project lead for The Green Bike Project said: “This project is so exciting and stands out from the crowd due to its innovative and fun nature. It has the potential to benefit each and every one of us in very different ways.

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“The response we have had so far from the public has been fantastic and I am extremely grateful to all involved for helping me make this dream a reality”.

The Big Lottery People's Millions program gives the public the chance to vote for the project that they think is most deserving of the funds.

Mr Ribbans said: “We are urging the public to show their support for this project by voting for it.

“They can do this any time between now and midnight and don't have to wait for the film to be shown on TV.

“We will have people at various points in and around Ipswich, and even some people cycling through town promoting the project. So keep your eyes peeled and please vote!”

The voting number for the projects can be found at

To vote for The Green Bike Project, call 0871 6268802.

Phone lines are until midnight tonight and the winner will be announced before 6pm tomorrow.

Do you know a local charity which deserves recognition? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail

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