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Prison chaplain cycles Norfolk for Christian charity 

Next week Mark Bredin, Quaker Chaplain at HMPs Norwich and Wayland, will cycle 200 miles around Norfolk, raising money for Christian charity House of Genesis to purchase a third house to provide a supportive home for homeless ex-prisoners.

On Monday, August 22 at 10am outside Norwich Prison Mark Bredin, Quaker Chaplain at HMPs Norwich and Wayland will start his 200 mile cycle around Norfolk.  He will then head to King's Lynn, Martham, Walcott, Sheringham and Wells and finish outside Wayland Prison on Thursday, August 25.­­­­

The achievement will then be followed by a small celebration at The House of Genesis, the Christian charity that Mark is raising funds for.  The House of Genesis is seeking to raise £25,000 towards the setting up of a third house in Norwich for homeless ex-prisoners, adding to the £50,000 it has already received.

Val Dodsworth, Co-Founder and Trustee of The House of Genesis, said: “The House of Genesis has been providing supportive homes for the past 16 years, for homeless men, and especially those who leave prison with nowhere to go.  We are now looking to provide a third house and another five or six places, to add to the 10 we already have.

"Last year the charity opened a house on Dereham Road and since then we have taken Community Chaplaincy Norfolk, under our wing offering a mentoring and befriending service to former prisoners who need that sort of help to turn their lives around.  Now, with the kick start of a small bequest we are looking to raise as much as possible towards the deposit to purchase another house.”

Part of this fundraising effort will be the ‘Chaplain on Two Wheels’ Sponsored Round Norfolk Bike Ride.   Mark will be accompanied by a member of the House of Genesis staff and one ex-resident. There will be stops along the way to meet up with friends and supporters. 

Val Dodsworth said: “We are asking for many generous sponsors to add to our savings towards this urgently needed project.”

For more information and to donate online or via a downloadable sponsorship form go to www.thehouseofgenesis.org

Click here to read an interview with the new Project Coordinator of the Community Chaplaincy Norfolk. 

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