Nina's charity challenge

NINA Wilson will soon be able to boast that she has visited every village in Suffolk!For Mrs Wilson has set herself the target of cycling to all the communities to raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - and so far has travelled more than 1,000 miles.

NINA Wilson will soon be able to boast that she has visited every village in Suffolk!

For Mrs Wilson has set herself the target of cycling to all the communities to raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) - and so far has travelled more than 1,000 miles.

She hit upon the idea in the summer and has been passionately pedalling ever since.

Mrs Wilson of Leiston said: “I had thought about whether there was any way that my love of cycling could be used to raise money for the Ipswich Children's Hospice when the idea of exploring villages in Suffolk came to me.

“The more I thought about it the more it grew. I find cycling enjoyable and I realised I would be able to enjoy beautiful parts of the county I'd never been to before.

“In September I decided on cycling to villages beginning with the letter 'S' as a one off challenge.

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“During that week I surprised myself by cycling 360 miles and visiting over 50 places, which made me even more determined to follow my original desire of cycling to every village in Suffolk.”

Her route has taken her across the whole county and she is hard to miss in her bright white, purple and orange T-shirt.

She said: “I've had people stop me and ask what I'm up to - if anyone sees me, feel free to stop for a chat.

“My husband also wants to join me. I can't believe it - he finds cycling less enjoyable than walking and yet he has suggested selling his old motorbike and trading it in for a tandem!”

Sue Meader, EACH community fundraiser for Suffolk, said: “This challenge is absolutely brilliant. Her enthusiasm and determination are overwhelming - it's people like Nina who really make my job enjoyable and worthwhile.”

EACH provides care and support for life-threatened children and their families in their own homes, as well as at the charity's hospices in Ipswich, Quidenham and Milton.

Anyone wanting to sponsor Nina should call Sue Meader on 01953 715545.

What do you think of Nina's efforts? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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