Nigel Jeavons presents the cheque to Sharon Matthews from The Benjamin Foundation. Standing behind from left, are cyclists Chris Thornton, Mark Coleby and John Schofield. Missing from the line-up are Jack Phelps, Adam Harper, Malcolm Tuff and Eddie Herbert.

A charity which supports children and young people has received a major boost following the efforts of seven cyclists.

The Benjamin Foundation has been presented with almost £16,000 thanks to the endeavours of the “magnificent seven” who cycled 450 miles in five days, climbing a total of 25,770 feet.

The ride was the brainchild of fundraiser Nigel Jeavons, a senior sales person with Hughes Electrical in Hunstanton, who once again persuaded his colleagues to take to the saddle.

The challenge was to visit Hughes’ most northerly, westerly, southerly and easterly branches, with a target of raising £5,000. The ride started in Preston before heading to Rayleigh, furthest south, and finished at Lowestoft.

Mr Jeavons said: “Tackling the 450 miles was not without its challenges, particularly when we rode across the Peak District with some pretty intimidating hills, but we knew it was all for a good cause so we just had to keep going.

“Of course, we are thrilled at smashing our original fundraising target and knowing the money will be put to very good use.”

Kirsty Pitcher, The Benjamin Foundation’s chief operating officer, said: “The incredible fundraising by the Hughes team will help us to provide more emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people across all of our services, including in our supported accommodation settings.

“It can also help to provide more training for staff in mental health and support the growth of wellbeing champions across our services, provide much-needed resources and help to reduce social isolation too.

“Fundraising by individuals and businesses is so important and we are extremely grateful to Hughes Electrical staff for their fantastic effort, which will do much to support children and young people in Norfolk and Suffolk.”

 The Benjamin Foundation was founded in 1994 and helps more than 2,000 young people each year who are experiencing challenges in their lives, including young carers and those who may be at risk of homelessness.