Suffolk fundraiser prepares to set off on Kenya cycle trek

Ben Crossman CLA
Ben Crossman is taking part in a Child.org charity cycle ride across Kenya. Photo: Country, Land and Business Association (CLA)

A property manager from Suffolk is getting ready to set off on a cycle ride of a lifetime in a bid to raise money for impoverished children in Africa.

On Sunday (February 10), 43-year-old Ben Crossman, from the small Suffolk market town of Eye, will be joining 70 other people from around the world to cycle 500km across Kenya.

For the trip, arranged by Ride Africa, the Chairman of the Suffolk branch of the Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) and estates manager at Orwell Park Estates will be making the trip with his friend Miles Auger, from Oxfordshire on behalf of UK based charity Child.org.

The epic off-road ride on mountain bikes will take the cyclists through the Rift Valley, across the foothills of Mount Kenya and on to Meru where they will visit a project the charity supports.

One of the projects the money raised will support is helping provide special waterproof cots for babies who would otherwise be risking disease by sleeping on the floor.

Ben, who has twin daughters, aged 11, said: “The cause particularly touched me and, as I was looking for a new challenge, it inspired me.”

Previously, the pair raised £14,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust in 2016, driving a taxi across India.

At the time of writing, Ben and Miles have raised 77 per cent (£3,896) of their £5,000 fundraising target. If you would like to support them, you can do so via their page on the Child.org website.

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