Fundraisers gear up for 350 mile bike ride

Bottom row: Chris Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Emma Thompson, Annie Thompson, Paddy Thompson. Top row: Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and Gemma Benlarbi.

Bottom row: Chris Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Emma Thompson, Annie Thompson, Paddy Thompson. Top row: Ian Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and Gemma Benlarbi.

A 10-strong team of intrepid cyclists are gearing up for a trip of a lifetime to raise much needed funds for a Kings Lynn children’s hospital ward.

The team, many of who are work-mates at Lynn-based Foster Refrigerator, are embarking on the epic ‘Tour de Foster’ cycle race, traveling 350 miles, from Paris back to the Foster factory, all in just 4-days.

Organised by Foster’s cycling group “Foster and Friends”, the crew includes family and friends, who are aiming to raise more than £5,000 for the Rudham Ward at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital; responsible for acute paediatric care for children up to 16-years-old, from across the region.

Chris Playford, Market and Development Director at Foster, is one of the crew taking part, along with husband and wife team Paddy and Annie Thompson, Paddy’s sister Emma (who works in the Rudham Ward) Chris and Roy Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Ian Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and the only French speaker – and new cyclist – Gemma Benlarbi.

Emma Thompson who is a staff nurse at Rudham ward, said: “We all love cycling together as a group and thought that this would really challenge us. It’s been hard work to train for but we’ve all stuck at it together and I know we’ll all do it!

“That the group chose to raise money at the same time for the children’s ward where I work is amazing, it’s a great cause.”

Whereas the route won’t include the infamous “King of the Mountains” stages, it is the hills which are proving the most nerve-racking for the Fenland- based team.

The group plan to set off from Paris on Saturday 23 August, finishing at the Foster plant four days later with one-man support crew, Foster Plant 4 manager Paul Smith tagging alone by car, in charge of first aid, food provisions and to make sure the team get to their rest stops on time.

Laurence Morlaas, Fundraising Executive at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: “We are thrilled the Foster team decided to support the Hospital in this way – what a challenge! Emma and the team on the Rudham Ward work very hard to help very poorly children from across the region, so to go the extra mile – or 350 – in this way is fantastic.

We can’t wait to hear how the team get on and will be waiting on the finish line to show our support

– good luck!”

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