Hundreds of cyclists braved the scorching summer heat to pedal through the Norfolk countryside, raising thousands of pounds for disabled people.
Well over 250 dedicated riders attended our annual Cycle Together event on Sunday 15 July, tackling routes from 10 to 150 miles through the stunning Norfolk countryside.
The money raised will help create a high quality outdoor activity area for our disabled guests, and start a fund to provide specially-adapted accessible bikes. Our beautiful, spacious grounds allowed disabled riders to try out a range of bikes with help from Leonard Cheshire’s inclusive cycling project.
Several families from throughout the Norfolk area joined the event, and young children enjoyed the new Teddy Bears’ Picnic . Riders sampled a host of tasty treats in our grounds, a former home of Princess Diana on the Royal Sandringham Estate.
The hotel’s manager, Tess Gilder, did the 10-mile route and joined young riders at the picnic. Accompanying Tess was her prize teddy Maureen, the Park House mascot who has photos with Prince William and travels abroad to Leonard Cheshire homes overseas. Tess said:
“It was a fantastic day and everyone really enjoyed it. The cyclists on our new 150-mile route were elated when they crossed the finish line. All money raised will make a massive difference to everyone visiting Park House, allowing us to provide great new accessible facilities A huge thank you to everyone..”
Phil Davies, the keen cyclist and Park House volunteer organising the event, chose the 150-mile challenge. He said:
“It’s a day that none of us will ever forget. It was beautiful riding through the Norfolk countryside – picturesque and definitely not flat. People had to dig deep to get to the finish, and felt huge satisfaction when they got there.”