A group of cycle riders hope to ‘give back’ to a charity which aided the recovery of a young Bressingham girl who was found to have a cancerous tumour in one of her kidneys last year.
Four-year-old Ava Wattam underwent surgery to remove the affected kidney, with her chemotherapy ending only recently, with the family saying her current prognosis is “very positive”. She has now finished her treatment, and had her first gymnastic and swimming lessons this week for the first time in nine months.
A patient at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, during the early stages of the illness, when she returned for surgery, parents Claire and Robert were given the use of a room within a purpose built facility called Acorn House. For parents, carers and siblings of sick children, it offers a degree of home comfort during stressful times and is run by The Sick Children’s Trust.
Now, a group of ten men will embark on a three-day, 240-mile cycle ride, dubbed The Great Norfolk Ride Off, to raise funds for the charity which supported the Wattam family. Starting in Diss next Friday, they will head up towards Hunstanton, following the coastline round to Southwold. They will then cycle back to Diss, completing their journey.
Ava’s mum Claire told the Diss Express: “The Acorn House facility is invaluable for everyone there. We are an hour away from Cambridge but it means people can stay on site and all be there together.
“She (Ava) has been an absolute superstar. She is a bit of a trooper.”
They have raised around £4,500 so far, but are hoping to raise £10,000.
Nick Tulley, also riding in the team, added: “We want to be able to raise money to give back to Acorn House as they gave to Ava’s family in their time of need.”
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/thegreatnorfolkrideoff