An Ipswich businessman taking on the Suffolk Sunrise cycling challenge has reached his £2,500 charity target in aid of Fresh Start – new beginnings.
Nigel Wallis, Managing Director at Digital Copier Systems will cycle 64 miles on 20 May, starting from Framlingham College and taking a scenic tour around the Suffolk countryside, passing through Wickham Market, Otley and Laxfield. Over 1300 riders are expected to take part in the event which is now in its fourth year.
Nigel's fundraising target of £2,500 has already been achieved, with Ipswich-based Fresh Start – new beginnings the chosen beneficiaries. Fresh Start – new beginnings works with children and young people up to the age of 21 who have reported being sexually abused to take away the blame, shame and feelings of guilt and offers support for families. Since it was formed in 2012 over 1,000 referrals have been made to the charity. Nigel explained:
"Following a visit to Fresh Start – new beginnings and learning more about this fantastic, but often overlooked, charity I knew I wanted to support them. The work they do to support children and young people who are victims of sexual abuse really does transform lives. Having reached my fundraising target I can now relax and enjoy the 64 mile ride."
David Hockley, Chief Executive of Fresh Start – new beginnings added:
"We offer our services free of charge to families and children, costing us around £2,500 per referral. This means Nigel's fundraising will help one more child from our waiting list to benefit from our theraupeutic services and help them, and their families, through a traumatic time."
For more information contact Patsy Johnson-Cisse, Fundraising Manager at Fresh Start – new beginnings via telephone on 07814 207748 or 01473 705111 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Fresh Start - new beginnings
Fresh Start – new beginnings works through Suffolk and Norfolk, and was set up to provide a therapeutic service for children and young people up to 21 years who have reported being sexually abused and to offer support for their families.
Our aim is to help children and young people make sense of the confusion they feel and to teach them coping strategies to deal with the difficulties they face.
We highlight their strengths and potential so that they are able to move from victim to survivor. Visit www.fsnb.org.uk.