South Shields charity cyclists back hospice

Tyler Anderson (centre) fund raiser for St Claires Hospice, with a group of cyclists from The Alum House, Ferry Street, South Shields, who completed a 5 day charity bike ride in Holland in aid of the Hospice.
Tyler Anderson (centre) fund raiser for St Claires Hospice, with a group of cyclists from The Alum House, Ferry Street, South Shields, who completed a 5 day charity bike ride in Holland in aid of the Hospice.

A group of South Tyneside cyclists took on a tour of the Netherlands to raise over £1,000 for charity.

The eight friends, known as the Alum Ale House Cyclists, covered a distance of 150 miles in the hope of raising as much as possible for St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.

Made up of Steve Quantrill, 56, Jim Hunter, 47, John Pease, 56, Rob Crumbie, 46, Michael Pike, 55, Tim Jones, 55, Paul Cinque, 54, and Dave Sibbald, 56, the group meets at the pub in Ferry Street, South Shields, every weekend for a 35 to 45 mile ride.

Keen cyclist Jim Hunter, 47, was delighted to be able to present the money to the hospice.

He said: “We’re not too serious and we always finish our ride with a couple of beers back at the pub. Last year we went on a tour of the Netherlands and in May this year we repeated the trip to raise money for charity.

“We decided to do it for St Clare’s Hospice, as we all know someone who’s suffered from cancer and thought it was a just cause.”

The hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults along with a range of services for patients and their families.

Back in May, the group also held a charity event featuring the band The Ambassadors and received support from the HM Prison Service, Merck Millipore and Seaham Pension Centre to raise the total of £1,530.

Mr Hunter added: “We left for the Netherlands from North Shields on May 12 and arrived in Ijmuiden on May 13. From there we cycled to Leiden, on to Utrecht on May 14 and Haarlem on May 15.

“We then returned to Ijmuiden on May 16, arriving back to South Shields the next day to finish with a couple of well-deserved beers.

“The lads are always well backed by manageress Leanne of the Alum Ale House and we enjoyed the trip that much we’ve arranged a return to the Netherlands in 2017.”