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A cyclist who helped raise more than £30,000 for a homeless charity has won an award.

Keith Busfield, who was part of the group of 32 cyclists who cycled the route of the 12 Queen Eleanor crosses to raise money for The Connection at St Martins, has been presented with the Guy Mason Award by Charles Wood, chairman of the Friends of the Connection, a charity at the heart of London’s response to homelessness.

Keith, of Harby, first joined the ride over ten years ago, and said: “I once hit a bump in the road of life — out of a job and desperately looking for somewhere to stay.

Keith Busfield receiving the Guy Mason Award from Charles Woodd, Chair of The Friends of The Connection (52254055)
Keith Busfield receiving the Guy Mason Award from Charles Woodd, Chair of The Friends of The Connection (52254055)

“Someone close to me said ‘there’s always The Connection’.

“Thankfully, things turned themselves around and life moved ahead positively. I was genuinely lucky.

Hazel & Ken Mason – parents of Guy Mason (52252740)
Hazel & Ken Mason – parents of Guy Mason (52252740)

“That’s why I’m raising money to assist the homeless.”

“I was humbled to be presented with the Guy Mason Award.

“Guy died a homeless, broken alcoholic in New York.

“To meet his parents, Ken and Hazel, was something special.”

The charity bike ride began at Harby Church, close to where Queen Eleanor died in 1290. The 32 cyclists went through many towns, including Grantham, Stamford and Geddington.



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