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Cyclists taking part in a previous Rutland Water Bike Ride
Cyclists taking part in a previous Rutland Water Bike Ride

Businesses and individuals are being invited to take part in a sponsored bike ride to help vulnerable children and young people.

The NSPCC’s Rutland Water Bike Ride on Sunday will raise money for the charity’s Peterborough Service Centre, which helps young victims of abuse and neglect every single day.

The ride starts from 9am at Rutland Water and follows the 17-mile perimeter of the famous reservoir.

Last year around 130 cyclists took part, raising over £14,000 for the charity’s vital work in and around Peterborough.

Organised by the NSPCC Peterborough Business Support Group, and sponsored by Buckles Solicitors LLP and Media Matters PR, the cycle ride is one of the most popular events in its fundraising calendar.

Over the past two decades, the group has raised almost £850,000 for the NSPCC through local events.

Gemma Starr, who works with young people at the NSPCC’s Peterborough Service Centre, said: “Many local children and young people rely on the support we give them here at the service centre each year.”

Gemma delivers a service called Protect and Respect, which supports children and young people aged 11 to 19 who have been, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited.

One in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused, which can have a lasting and devastating impact on young people’s lives.

As part of Protect and Respect, NSPCC practitioners use skills such as attunement, being able to understand how a young person is feeling, and build a therapeutic relationship with the young person based on trust and respect.

Cyclists taking part in a previous Rutland Water Bike Ride
Cyclists taking part in a previous Rutland Water Bike Ride

Entrants are asked to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship, and complimentary goody bags, T-shirts and a hog roast will be provided to all riders on the day.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.rutlandbikeride.eventbrite.co.uk or contact John Burcham on 07880 600635.



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