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NSPCC encourages people in Dorset to get on their bike

PUBLISHED: 11:55 23 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:04 20 February 2013

The NSPCC is calling on people in Dorset to get on their bikes and raise money for the South West Child's Voice Appeal by taking part in the third Dorset Big Bike Ride.

The NSPCC is calling on people in Dorset to get on their bikes and raise money for the South West Childs Voice Appeal by taking part in the third Dorset Big Bike Ride.


The NSPCCs 2011 Big Bike Ride is a cycling challenge that sees people from across the UK organising their own events to raise crucial funds to help end cruelty to children.


The family event in Dorset will take place on Sunday 22 May at 9.30am. The route will start at Shore Road, Sandbanks and follow the promenade to Bournemouth Pier and back, covering seven miles on the level. It is suitable for children and their parents and takes in spectacular scenery along the south coast. Each child taking part will receive an NSPCC balloon and the chance to stamp their own card as they pass each chine.


The NSPCC launched the Childs Voice Appeal in 2008 to raise 50 million nationally to strengthen and develop its helpline services ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline - which children and adults in every town and village across the UK can access.


Money raised locally will be helping the South West ChildLine base in Exeter - one of the smallest in the country - answer many more cries for help from local children.


From April 2009 to March 2010, ChildLine counselled 2,257 children and young people from Dorset, and during the same period the NSPCC Helpline received 562 calls from adults in Dorset with concerns about a child.


Sarah Wilton, Big Bike Ride Dorset organiser, said: Taking part could not be easier register your place and then come along for a wonderful family day out we encourage children of all ages to bring their parents for this wonderful bike ride along the coast, and do their bit to help improve the lives of other local children.


By giving to the South West Childs Voice Appeal, the public will be helping local children at risk of abuse to be better informed, better cared for and better protected.


Entry is 7.50 per adult and 2.50 per child. To register your place or find out more please call event organiser Sarah Wilton on 01202 700979 or email on sdwilton@googlemail.com.

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