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Cycle for Change bike ride helps to raise £10,000 for The Nelson Trust

Nelson Trust supporter Jane Powell enlisted the support of her cycling friends to raise money for the charity, which helps people who have suffered addiction and women and girls with multiple needs through its three dedicated women’s centres.

Jane and fellow cyclists Francesca Barnes, Emily Barnes, Lisa Bowen Howe, Wendy Kemshead, Emma Powell and Chris Powell embarked on Cycle for Change, a 68 kilometres ride from The Nelson Trust’s Bridgwater Women’s Centre to the trust’s centre in Bristol.

Jane said: “Although it was more of a challenge for some of us than others, we had a truly wonderful day with a great team ethos, lots of laughs and a few grimaces, as well as a couple of very welcome stops along the way.”

The cycle took the team approximately five hours (including stops), supported by Jackie, Jemma, and Mike Heaven, who provided much-needed encouragement, nourishment and travel assistance. Enterprise Vans provided and drove the support vehicle.

The ride itself raised an incredible £6,555 including gift aid for the charity. However, there are still a few donations to come and match funding will be added to the total bringing the final amount to around £10,000.

A spokesman for The Nelson Trust said the charity was extremely grateful to Jane, the donors to the Cycle For Change challenge, and all those involved, including Lynn and Keith McGeogh who supported the project throughout and Sophie Duggan and Andy Jarratt from The Nelson Trust for their continued support during the planning process.

John Trolan, CEO of The Nelson Trust, said: “We were delighted the Cycle for Change team kindly chose to help us make real our continued belief that anyone can change if given the right support at the right time.

“It is a huge achievement, raising more than £6,000. As a result of such contributions, we can continue to offer care, support, and encouragement to people in recovery from addiction and women with multiple vulnerabilities.”

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