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Foster cycling team raise £5,700 for King’s Lynn children’s ward

Cycling fans at Foster Refrigerator who raised more than £5.5k by riding 350 miles have presented the King’s Lynn Hospital’s children’s ward with the money.

The 11-strong team many of whom are work-mates at Lynn-based Foster, cycled from Foster Paris back to Foster’s Lynn site, over four days during the August Bank Holiday, to raise cash for Rudham Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The epic ‘Tour de Foster’ 4-day cycle race, was completed by the team back in August, some of whom were new to cycling, as part of Foster’s cycling group “Foster and Friends”, which regularly raise money for charity.

The group chose Rudham Ward at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as one of the cyclists, Emma Thompson is a staff nurse on the ward.

Rudham Ward, a 23-bedded acute general paediatric ward with five assessment beds, provides care for children up to 16-years-old, from across the region.

Ward sister Debbie Shales received the cheque from the team at Foster’s HQ in Oldmedow Road, King’s Lynn.  Nurse and cyclist Emma Thompson, said: “We are so pleased with how the ride went, and thrilled that we raised so much.”

Emma, who has worked on Rudham Ward for 11 years said the money will be put towards improving the family room, on the ward.  Emma said: “The family room is a really important area.  Often parents are quite naturally stressed and need somewhere to take a minute or two, so to make this area as nice as possible will be fantastic.”

Chris Playford, Market and Development Director at Foster, was one of the crew taking part, along with husband and wife team Paddy and Annie Thompson,  Paddy’s sister Emma Thompson,  Chris and Roy Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Ian Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and the only French speaker -  and new cyclist -  Gemma Benlarbi, with Foster support crew – Paul Smith.

Laurence Morlaàs, Fundraising Executive at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said:  “We are immensely grateful to Emma and the Foster team who have done so well for our young patients.  Fundraising in this type of event is a real commitment and is tough going.  All of the team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Rudham Ward are full of admiration and very appreciative of their support.”

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