Cyclists at the Bell Inn Walberswick, 50 miles into their 200 mile journey

Around 80 staff and contractors from Anglian Water are touring parts of the eastern region on two wheels to help raise funds for international charity WaterAid.

Last weekend 36 cyclists covered more than 200 miles of Suffolk and north Essex countryside, taking them from Bury St Edmunds to Walberswick on the Suffolk coast and back through Framlingham on Friday, and then from Newmarket to Thaxted and back, via Clare, on Saturday.

An additional 40 people will betaking part in more charity rides this weekend (12 and 13th September) going point-to-point, joining up the company’s major reservoirs and offices with distances of between 70 and 125 miles being covered.

The events are all aimed at raising as much sponsorship as possible to support WaterAid’s ‘To Be a Girl’ campaign. The money raised will go to help some of the world’s poorest people gain access to clean and safe drinking water as well as sanitation.

Every penny of money raised through the sponsorship website will also be matched by Government.

Richard Boucher, Chairman of Anglian Water’s WaterAid Committee and one of the cyclists, said: “A continuous supply of clean water and exceptionally high levels of sanitation are things we often take for granted. But, one in 10 people across the world are without access to clean drinking water, and one in three have nowhere safe to go to the toilet.

“We are committed to help WaterAid achieve its vision for a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Events like these cycle rides are a great way to raise valuable funds but also to promote the charity’s work to people across the region.

“We’re already close to our £15,000 target with everyone’s sponsorship efforts but still want to raise more if we can. Everyone we met on the 200 mile journey was very supportive and wanted to know what we were doing and why.

“We were especially grateful to The Bell in Walberswick, which already supports the charity, and were very welcoming by helping us with a rest, food and drink stop after 50 miles.”

People can find out more information on WaterAid and its work by visiting and can donate funds to be matched by Government online at