There were emotional scenes in the heart of Diss this morning as a team of cyclists completed their journey from Land’s End to raise money for their friend who is recovering from a brain tumour.
There were cheers from the gathered crowd as the eight cyclists completed their six day pedal in the fundraiser named Shop ‘Til We Drop.
They were greeted by none other than David Bloomfield himself, the friend they were raising money for.
It was a clearly an emotional moment for both the team and Mr Bloomfield, and will live long in the memory of all who were there.
The atmosphere was made even more poignant when it was revealed that the fundraising efforts had yielded £18,000, smashing the team’s target.
Mr Bloomfield was joined by his wife Toni and their young children Coco and Kiki, who gave out medals to congratulate the cyclists.
Lee Farrell, who took part, and organised the fundraiser, said this morning: “It is completely overwhelming.
“Overwhelming due to the fact of the amount of money we’ve raised for Dave, overwhelming because we’ve returned to this sort of reception which we would have never have believed, and just relieved it’s all over really!”
The group covered about 100 miles per day on ladies’ shopper bikes, selected because Mr Bloomfield used to do his paper round on one.
Mrs Bloomfield said: “I just want to say a massive thank you to these amazing, amazing friends.
“David couldn’t ask for better friends and I’m proud to call them my friends too.”
Their arrival also signalled the start of the annual King Of The Cup football tournament, of which Mr Bloomfield was a former winner. Funds raised from the tournament will also go to support Mr Bloomfield and his family.
Mr Bloomfield is a former Diss resident who has had to re-learn life tasks most people take for granted, in the long road to recovery from major brain surgery.
To sponsor the riders, visit http://gogetfunding.com/project/shop-til-we-drop , and follow their Twitter at @ShopTilWeDrop2