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Haverhill woman raises thousands for heart charity




The Wardale Williams and Observatory the Opticians team after completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride.
The Wardale Williams and Observatory the Opticians team after completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride.

A Haverhill optometrist has completed a gruelling bike ride to help raise more than £3,500 for the British Heart Foundation.

Joanna Williams, of Wardale Williams the Opticians, was part of a nine-person team which completed the 55-mile London to Brighton Bike Ride on June 21.

The team was made up of members of staff from Wardale Williams and sister company Observatory the Opticians. Ms Williams managed to tackle the Ditchling Beacon, which reaches a height of more than 800 feet near the end of the course.

She said: “I am delighted to have been involved with such a fantastic team and to have raised so much money for a great cause. “Taking part in the event was an experience I will never forget. It was challenging, but also very enjoyable.”

The British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride has been held for the past 40 years and is one of the charity’s largest annual fundraising events.

The charity is the UK’s largest funder of research into cardiovascular disease.

Jonathan Foreman, the company’s managing director, who also completed the ride, said: “The team completed the ride in around six hours. We are really proud of our achievement.

“We have raised more than £3,500 already, but we hope the final figure will be closer to £5,000.”



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