The charity hopes to raise up to £450,000, more than double last year's total. It has added three new big city rides - in Newcastle, Sussex and Cardiff - to help meet the target. Last year, the Big Bike Ride attracted a variety of participants, from serious cyclists to parents with children on trikes. Riders are encouraged to wear fancy dress. Free Big Bike Ride organiser packs are available from www.bigbikeride.co.uk/break or by calling 0845 130 3073.
Sue Ryder Care is asking supporters to take part in its Great Pan Amnesty, in which people donate their old pots and pans to the charity in exchange for a 10 per cent discount on new pan sets at the Professional Cookware Company. The old pans will then be given to Sue Ryder Care to sell in its shops or to be recycled.
Action Medical Research has added a new twist to its annual Bring Your Bear event. Schoolchildren can now enter the Paddington's Suitcase Challenge, in which they will be asked to decorate matchboxes in the style of Paddington Bear's case and get sponsorship for every item they can fit in them.
Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust is looking for contestants for an It's a Knockout competition on Saturday 12 July at Parker's Piece, Cambridge. The trust hopes to raise enough money to buy a portable CT scanner.