Bike ride sets off in memory of South Shields mum Lisa Kelly

Gav Calvert with twin daughters Scarlett and Jasmine, who are going to ride the Coast 2 Coast cylce route in memory of partner and mum Lisa Kelly.

Gav Calvert with twin daughters Scarlett and Jasmine, who are going to ride the Coast 2 Coast cylce route in memory of partner and mum Lisa Kelly.

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A team of riders led by the partner of a South Shields schoolworker who died suddenly has set off on their coast to coast journey.

Gav Calvert is being joined by 24 others who are cycling back to South Shields from Whitehaven.

Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly

The team are raising money for Bamburgh School where Gav’s partner Lisa Kelly worked.

The 35-year-old mum to the couple’s twins Scarlett and Jasmine died after collapsing in the grounds of the school in Horsley Hill, South Shields, on March 15.

Her death left all those who knew her devastated and a number of events have been held in her memory for various charities.

The team are planning to arrive back in South Shields on Sunday where they will be greeted by family and friends.

The couple’s two girls will also join their dad for the last mile of the journey and will cross the finishing line together.

Mr Calvert, from Jarrow, said: “It has been an emotional rollercoaster since Lisa died and I’m just taking it one day at a time.

“The bike ride is helping to keep me focused and I am trying to stay as positive as I can.

“It’s just really nice for the lads to do this with me in Lisa’s memory - it does mean a lot what everyone has and is doing for me and my family.

“I’m really looking forward to it and looking forward to seeing everyone who will be at the finishing line waiting for us.”

The 36-year-old added: “I’d also like to thank the wives and partners of the lads taking part in the bike ride for organising all the t-shirts and the balloons.

“It has left me overwhelmed as to how much people care.”

A justgiving page has been set up and the team hope to raise £3,500.

Anyone who would like to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/180milesforLisa