11 February 2019

The chairman of the Suffolk branch of the CLA (Country, Land and Business Association) has begun a 500 kilometre charity cycle ride across Kenya.

Ben Crossman, who is Estates Manager at Orwell Park Estates in Suffolk, is joining 75 other riders from around the world as he cycles from Nairobi to Meru to raise money for, an international development charity dedicated to ensuring every child has an opportunity to survive and prosper from birth to adulthood.

It is not the first time Ben has undertaken an international charity challenge. In 2016 he was part of a team of three who joined the Dumball Rally raising over £14,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust by driving a vintage taxi across India.

The ride in Kenya will take Ben from Nairobi, past Lake Naivasha, through the bustling city of Nakuru and Nakuru National Park, along the equator to Lake Bogoria, where he will climb to an altitude of 2000 metres, and through the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Meru to see an existing project.

Speaking of his upcoming challenge Ben said:

“I like to set myself challenges and a 500 kilometre cycle across Kenya on a mountain bike along partially unmade roads contending with altitude, high temperatures and the local wildlife certainly fits the bill.

“As someone who has a young family I appreciate how important it is to give children a voice and an opportunity to succeed and I am delighted to be supporting in their work.”

The CLA represents farmers, landowners and rural business across England and Wales. As chairman of the Suffolk branch Ben represents the interests of CLA members in the county and ensures their thoughts and concerns are heard at regional and national levels.

CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood said:

“It is fantastic to see Ben taking on another challenge which promises to be quite an adventure. I am impressed with his fundraising efforts and wish him every success with his latest endeavour.”

To make a donation to Ben's cycling challange click here.