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1 April 2007 - the route for the cycle ride is now known, and you can see it by clicking  here.

5 April 2007 - volunteers to take part in the cycle ride now stand at 69. We may have to consider closing the list down or we'll run out of bikes and transport space.

10 April 2007 - local comedian Rory McGrath has been invited by the team to join in the event. We hope to hear from Rory soon - his involvement would certainly be a great boost to the team

23 April 2007 - nothing back from Rory yet, but we're still hopeful

27 April 2007 - the Red Pouches invite Royal Mail Chief Executive, Adam Crozier to join the team, but unfortunately Adam is on holiday at the time of the event. He is however keen to support the team's efforts and donates 100 to the Red Pouches' fund for Arthur Rank House Hospice. Thanks Adam ! a great donation to get the team going.

28 April 2007 - local contacts at the East of England Development Agency hear about our plan, and are keen to support where they can. Sponsorship details shared and hopefully we'll see some donations coming through soon.

28 April 2007 - the campaign to raise as much as possible extends to eBay auctions. Click here to be taken to our first online auction to support our efforts - a Rotary watch up for grabs ! (link removed as the watch has been sold)

5 May 2007 - our first online eBay auction to help raise money closes with a lucky buyer getting a great deal on a Rotary watch. We raised 28.02 and this has been tagged to our East Anglia Children's Hospice (EACH) target. Keep looking here for more items going under the hammer !

9 May 2007 - still nothing from Rory McGrath so we must assume he is unavailable. Plenty of opportunity for others to be involved still - just drop us a line and you'll be hooked.

15 May 2007 - our second online eBay auction closes for a Brass Carriage Clock and raises 27.75 for another of our charities. Thanks for the support with these auctions.

5 June 2007 - confirmed cyclists stands at 78 today - a fantastic effort. The designs for our postcard have been submitted and will soon be available to view online. Keep watching.

12 June 2007 - training for the big day continues and our growing band of cyclists start putting the miles on their saddles. We've had some people drop out mainly because of planned holidays, but still hope to have a great team out for the event.

28 June 2007 - some design changes needed for our postcards and stamps means we're a little behind plan with the sale of cards. Must get them right though so we stay keen to try this new approach.

5 July 2007 - the postcards have arrived, and they look great! Thanks to Barry Smissen for his patience in design. Now we need to start selling them. You can buy them at the Cambridge Mail Centre in Clifton Road from now until the end of August, and you can also get them from any of the cyclists. Remember, they're only 1 and include a special stamp as well. All the money goes to our supported charities.

10 July 2007 - the special stamps have arrived as well. Now we really are ready to go. Come down to buy your postcards and stamps at Cambridge Mail Centre. Nikki in our Reception has sold 290 cards already, so they're going quickly.

12 July 2007 - confirmed cyclists stands at 56 today - a slight drop in numbers, but some have felt that it's just too difficult whilst others unfortunately now have other commitments. Still a great effort and a fantastic opportunity to raise lots of money for some very important charities.

16 July 2007 - the press release has gone out to newspapers, radio and TV. There's a photocall arranged for 11.00am on Wednesday 18 July at Cambridge Mail Centre. The Cambridge Evening News want to come to see us earlier on Tuesday so keep an eye on the News this week.

17 July 2007 - the Cambridge Evening News photo call happens at the Mail Centre, and we look forward to a piece in the News shortly

18 July 2007 - two radio pieces come from the press release. Q103 came to the Mail Centre and interview Chris Welsh on behalf of the Red Pouches - Chris does a great job. STARadio 107 do a telephone interview with Chris Clingham. Both pieces should be aired between now and Sunday.

22 July 2007 - the big day has come and everyone has successfully completed the 50 mile ride. We've had good radio coverage, and two articles in the local papers (Cambridge Evening News and Cambridge Crier).

Postcards have been returned and are now being stamped with the stamps designed specially for the event. There's hundreds and thousands of them to stamp up so they'll start going into the post from Monday afternoon ready for delivery Tuesday onwards. We wanted to get them out sooner, but with so many to stamp up, it's going to take a little longer

A great day had by all, and another fantastic achievement. Now we need to collect all the money raised so that we can present the cheques to our supported charities.

22 July 2007 - oh ..... still nothing from Rory !