The Anderson Foundation’s annual charity bike ride has raised a staggering £50,000 for the National Autistic Society - with 150 cyclists proving pedal power really can make a real difference to young people’s lives.

The foundation, set up by Chelmsford-based construction firm Anderson Group, will be putting the money towards the brand new Anderson School it has built for the National Autistic Society in Luxborough Lane, Chigwell.

The school, for 128 children aged 11-19 with autism, is due to open in September.

Anderson staff members, suppliers, family and friends donned their Anderson-branded lycra and set off on the 55-mile circular route on June 10, passing through scenic villages including Ingatestone, Fyfield, Hatfield Broad Oak and Pleshey.

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