A CHARITY duo from South Tyneside are getting on their bikes for a fundraising ride in Cuba.
Sheila Carmichael, 57, and Bev Clark, 42, will cycle 240 miles over five days, to raise cash for Action for Charity.
Both women, who are assistant managers at Perth Green Community Centre in the Scotch Estate, Jarrow, are well on their way to raising the £6,000 needed to make the charity trip in early October.
Mrs Carmichael, who has completed previous fundraising rides in Cuba, India and Kenya, said: “So far, we have raised £5,200, but we’re confident we will get the cash.
“Action for Charity raises money for the fight against breast, cervical and ovarian cancer, and the charity will get about £1,800 from the trip.”
Once the Jarrow fundraising duo reach the Cuban capital of Havana, they will spend five days in the saddle, covering some 240 miles.
Mrs Carmichael added: “I have cycled in Cuba before and know how rough some of the roads and terrain can be, plus the hotels where we will be staying will be fairly basic.
“But once we get fully into training, we will be putting in 45 miles a day on our mountain bikes, so we should be fit enough for the ride.”
Perth Green CA has held raffles and staged a fundraising night with local band The Gaslighters to boost the Cuban charity ride.
Members and officials at Primrose CA and children at Valley View Primary School, are also supporting the fundraising jaunt by the two Jarrow mums.
Anyone wishing to boost the Cuban cash effort should call Perth Green CA on 489 3743.