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Pub's team raises £17k in 600-mile cycle ride
6:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A PUB landlord and his intrepid team of cyclists raised more than £17,000 to help poorly children.
Dave Richards, landlord of The Bull in Crouch Street, Colchester, led the team on a 600-mile ride in just six days, this summer.
The 14 cyclists completed a round trip to Brussels from Colchester and their endeavours raised £17,177 for the Children’s Community Nursing Team at Colchester General Hospital.
The money will be used to replace old equipment to enable parents to help the nurses team to look after their children in their own home.
Specific items on the wish list include specialist children’s blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters to measure oxygen levels in the blood, syringe drivers and suction machines.
Mr Richards said: “We are overwhelmed to come in with that amount of money.
"It was well over what we expected. "When we set out we thought we would get between £10,000 and £12,000.”
Mr Richards said the trip was not without a few minor hiccups.
“On day two we had two broken wheels and seven punctures," he said "But overall it went really well.”
Two years ago a team of cyclists from The Bull rode 360 miles from Paris to Colchester in six days and raised £13,000 for St Helena Hospice.
Mr Bull said he was hoping in two years’ time another fundraising trip could take place.
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