Free-wheeling feat raises £1,100 for charity

Free-wheeling feat raises £1,100 for charity

30th June 2014


CHARITY cyclists have ridden past castles and coastline to raise much-needed funds for charity.

Carmel College students won the support of Vauxhall motor dealer Sherwoods for an epic ride from Edinburgh to Darlington.

The free-wheeling feat saw 11 riders cover more than 200 miles and is expected to raise more than £1,100 for St Teresa’s Hospice.

Sherwoods provided backing in the form of a support vehicle as its managing director Alasdair MacConachie is also chairman of the hospice.

He said: “I think it is incredibly important to support fine young people like these in their endeavours and I was thrilled they wanted to complete this marathon ride to raise money for such a good cause.

“St Teresa’s Hospice continues to provide fabulous services for the people of Darlington and the surrounding area but the marvellous staff there can only do this with the unrelenting support of the community, for which we are very grateful.”

Carmel College curriculum leader for IT Simon Roberts said: “Carmel Cycling Club completed the Coast to Coast ride last year and members were looking for a fresh challenge. The group, aged 10 to 17, did incredibly well riding such a huge distance on three consecutive days.”

Harry Carvey, 17, added: “Riding for such a worthy cause really spurred us on particularly when the going became tough.”

The ride was also organised by Darlington Borough Council’s Local Motion initiative. Cycling officer Kevin Kilcullen said: “It is great to be involved with something to help St Teresa’s which provides such invaluable support to people and their families.”

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