Actor and comedian Martin Clunes joined representatives of two charities that will benefit from an amazing £20,000 raised by members of the Rossdales charity bike ride team.
Actor and comedian Martin Clunes joined representatives of the two charities that will benefit from an amazing £20,000 raised by members of the Rossdales charity bike ride team.
Newmarket-based equine veterinary surgeons Rossdales organised the charity ride, which took place on June 26, on behalf of two charities: Addenbrookes Hospital Oncology Centre and Animal Care in Egypt (ACE), a veterinary clinic that provides free veterinary care primarily for working horses and donkeys in Luxor, Egypt.
Martin, who is the patron of ACE, visited Rossdales Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in Exning yesterday (October 5, 2011) with Sue Akehurst from ACE and Lorraine King, a senior sister at Addenbrookes, to receive cheques on behalf of their respective charities.
During the bike ride, 71 cyclists, comprising Rossdales staff, friends and family, rode either a 100 mile route across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk or 25 mile route through fenland villages, including Burwell, Lode, Bottisham, The Swaffhams and Reach. In total, the team cycled a collective distance of 4,100 miles.
The inspiration for the bike ride was Paul Dewey, who is the partner of Rossdales’ radiographer Josie Meehan. Paul was treated successfully for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Addenbrookes last year and was amongst the cyclists who completed the 100 mile route.
Martin is president of the British Horse Society and recently presented the ITV series Horsepower.
He said: “[ACE] does a fantastic job in providing free veterinary treatment and care for working horses and donkeys in Luxor … It is tremendous that the Rossdales team has raised so much money – it will make a huge difference to ACE, which needs every penny to continue its valuable work.”
Lorraine King, a senior sister at Addenbrookes E10 Haematology Day Unit, said: “I am totally blown away by this cheque. It far surpasses what we had hoped the Rossdales team would achieve…
“Donations like this are very important – we currently need extra funds to extend the day unit to allow us treat more patients. This will also help us to buy a few luxuries for day patients. Thank you so much to everyone who took part, and all those who gave their support.”