Cruse Crew complete coast to coast memorial bike ride

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Families left heartbroken by bereavement got on their bikes to cycle in memory of their loved ones.

People of all ages, who attend the Cruse Crew drop-in sessions, at Chuter Ede Community Centre took part in the ride from Roker in Sunderland to Gypsies Green Stadium in South Shields.

The group were supported by keen cyclists Paul Wolfe and Jason Meiers and others who took part in the cycle which was also raising funds for the group.

The seven-mile route had been chosen by the youngsters who had been keen to take part in a coast to coast bike ride in memory of their loved ones.

Cruse Crew director Laura Nisbet said: “It was something the children and young people had asked if we could do as they had heard some of the adults talking about the Coast to Coast bike ride.

“Everyone really enjoyed the ride and it was great seeing the support they gave one another.

“All the kids kept each other going and I think because they knew what it was all about and why they were doing it, made it even more special for them and inspired them to keep going.

“It is something they have asked to do again so it’s something we will look at doing again in the future as it was a great family event.”

The Cruse Crew, based at the centre in Galsworthy Road, South Shields, holds drop-in sessions for families where they can come together to talk to others who have suffered a bereavement.

Activities are also organised for children and young people to take part in.

The sessions run on Tuesdays 6pm until 7.30pm and on Thursdays for adults only 6pm until 7pm.

For more information visit www.crusecrew.co.uk