Friends prepare for huge charity ride

A GROUP of women are today appealing for help in getting sponsorship as they prepare to cycle across South East Asia for charity.

A GROUP of women are today appealing for help in getting sponsorship as they prepare to cycle across South East Asia for charity.

Sally Daniels, a hairdresser from Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, Carolyn Hurd, of Riley Close, Ipswich, and Belinda Ruddenham, joint owner of The Magpie, Little Stonham, are all embarking on an 110km-cycle over six days, from Cambodia to Vietnam, in February, in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Training sessions have been stepped up as the bicycle ride draws nearer and the group is now making a plea for further donations. Mrs Daniels and Mrs Hurd are aiming to raise £7,000 and Mrs Ruddenham is attempting to raise £3,000.

Several local businesses have donated money to have their logos printed on Mrs Daniels and Mrs Hurd's sweatshirts used for training. Camel Sand and Gravel, GJ Garner Builders and Karl King Transport each paid £250 to have their logos put on the front of their tops.

Mrs Daniels, 48, said: “When we are out cycling in our pink tops and pink helmets, we want people to give us a beep. Last month we climbed Ben Nevis and raised £1,000 and we have got lots more charity events organised so hopefully we will reach our target.

“We want to thank everyone that has helped so far, including all the small businesses.”

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When Mrs Daniels' mother died last year, she decided to do a trek in Thailand to raise money for charity. Since then, she has undertaken many other charity events.

An evening of clairvoyance is taking place next week to raise money for charity.

Mrs Ruddenham, who is doing the cycle with her friend from Cornwall, Emma George, added: “We have been training hard. We have had lots of support from people so far and are really grateful.”

A clairvoyant evening will be held at the Greshams Sports and Social Club, in Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, on Thursday November 29, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £8 and are available by calling 07788 120013 or 07841 518847.

There is also a pool and darts competition at The Magpie on Friday, November 30 at 7pm. It costs £5 to enter and there will be a cash prize.

If you would like to sponsor any of the women, call 07788 120013, 07841 518847 or the pub on 01449 711287.

Are you doing something for charity? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail

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