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Mayor joins cycle squad to help Teen Cancer Trust

PEDAL POWER ... the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, centre, and South Tyneside Council chief executive Martin Swales, right of the Mayor, with the cyclists at the halfway point in their Lands End to John OGroats challenge.

PEDAL POWER ... the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, centre, and South Tyneside Council chief executive Martin Swales, right of the Mayor, with the cyclists at the halfway point in their Lands End to John OGroats challenge.

THE Mayor of South Tyneside swapped his civic chains for bicycle ones to help teenagers suffering with cancer.

Coun Ernest Gibson was joined by South Tyneside Council chief executive Martin Swales in cycling 30 miles alongside a group from the authority’s Outdoor Education Team.

The eight-strong team are taking on the exhausting 1,038-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and the council duo were on hand to lend their support.

They joined the cyclists as they made it to the halfway point in the Lake District, at the council’s Thurston outdoor education centre, in Coniston, Cumbria.

Money raised from the 12-day End to End bike ride is going to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Coun Gibson said: “It was an honour and a privilege to get involved in the charity bike ride, alongside the council’s chief executive, and help to support such a fantastic cause.

“Anything that raises awareness and vital funds for people with cancer and their families is very worthwhile.

“Events like this also help to raise the profile of the excellent opportunities and positive activities offered by South Tyneside’s outdoor education service at Thurston, as well as give us a chance to see the good work for ourselves.

“It was also fantastic to see the service coming together with real team spirit to take part in the challenge.

“These amazing cyclists are riding 85 miles a day, which is not only gruelling physically, but very inspiring to others.

“We hope that as many people as possible support the riders and help them to achieve their fundraising goals by making a donation.”

The bike ride is also being used to raise awareness of the activities young people can enjoy that are delivered by the Outdoor Education Service.

This includes the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a programme giving young people a chance to learn new skills and increase their personal development.

The team is based at Simonside Outdoor Adventure Centre, in St Simon Street, South Shields.

Mr Swales added: “It was a great experience and the determination of the cyclists was clear to see.

“The bike ride was an excellent opportunity for me to support a very worthwhile charity as well as help to raise awareness of the council’s outdoor education service.”

Anyone who wants to make a donation can visit www.justgiving.com/endtoendcyclechallenge

Twitter: @danielprince18

 

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