Riding for Sue Ryder

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Energetic window dressing: Zara pedals for charity in full view of shoppers on bank holiday Saturday

Pedalling for six hours in a High Street shop window might be considered exhibitionist, were it not all for a good cause. Zara Riseborough, who works at the Sue Ryder charity shop on Monday mornings as a volunteer member of staff, took up the challenge on an exercise bike loaned by the Harbour Health Club in Winchelsea Road. Zara’s pedalling sponsorship raised about £550. Delighted shop manager Denise Ellis said: “All money goes towards incredible neurological and hospice care, and we’re grateful to Zara for donating her time and energy today.”

The Sue Ryder charity, which celebrates its 25th year on Rye High Street this year, runs 20 homes and hospices in the UK country-wide and relies upon its shops and volunteer staff to help raise the necessary funds to carry out its charitable work. Its next fund-raising event in Rye will be an Open Garden at Rae Festing’s house at 111 High Street on 5th July.