Friday 9 May 2014

Bicycle fundraiser made for two

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A pair of companions from Emmaus Norwich will ride 25 miles on a tandem bike to raise money for their community, as well as contributing the entrance fee for the event to support Beccles Rotary and East Anglian Air Ambulances.

 The two cyclists – who live and work at the Emmaus Norwich community, which supports people who have experienced homelessness – have been practising for their 25-mile stint across the Norfolk Broads by pedalling their way around the lanes of Ditchingham on a donated tandem cycle.

Ian Roberts, 53 and Martin Smith, 46 will ride the bicycle made for two in the event on Sunday 11 May 2014, which sets off from and ends at the Sir John Leman Lower School in Beccles.

The wobbly duo were prompted to take part in the ride by one of the community’s volunteers. Ian said: “Stacey, our sparkly volunteer is doing the ride and asked us if we wanted to do it. We agreed because our entry money will go to Beccles Rotary and East Anglian Air Ambulance and the sponsorship will go to Emmaus Norwich. We want to promote the name of Emmaus because we find lots of local people don’t know about us – they won’t be able to miss us once we zoom past on our mean machine!

“Getting used to riding together has been tricky. Our training sessions around Ditchingham have definitely provoked the odd ‘stop and stare’ moment among the locals. We hope as many people as possible will come along to give us a wave and a cheer, and sponsor us too.”

To sponsor the pair, simply email