A BEIJING-bound mum got saddled up for success to help fund a charity challenge in memory of her mum.
Amy Clarke, 39, is crossing continents for a bike ride through the Chinese capital next year in aid of three vital cancer charities.
She moved a step closer to booking her trip without even moving an inch - after organising a 12-hour cyclethon at the Opal Lounge, in Ocean Road, South Shields yesterday.
Mrs Clarke, from Lawe Road, South Shields, is aiming to complete the remarkable feat in honour of mum Margaret Pentland, who died at the age of just 63 in October after an 18-month battle with ovarian cancer.
The mum-of-three, and a hardy band of volunteers got on the static bike - which was her own two wheels placed on a turbo trainer -from 11am until 11pm.
Generous donations given helped to raise money for flight and accommodation for the charity champion’s 400-mile trip through the city next September, which will raise cash for Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
She has already raised nearly £500, ahead of the money from the cyclethon being counted.
Mrs Clarke is eager to pay tribute to her mum by completing the daunting trek, which will take in the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.
Mrs Clarke was delighted that bosses at the venue allowed her to take over for her cash-raising mission.
She said: “I know the staff at the The Opal Lounge and it was great that they agreed to let me use the venue for the 12-hour static bike ride. As well as me, I had a few volunteers helping me out.
“We also had children’s entertainment, face painting and live music and a pub quiz in the evening.”
Mrs Clarke is keen to support the three charities and pay her own personal tribute to an ‘amazing’ mum.
She added: “She was an amazing, strong woman and at 63 lost her fight with ovarian cancer leaving behind four children and eight grandchildren.
“She touched so many lives. She was respected and loved by so many people, and every person she met was left with a lasting loving memory.”
You can support Mrs Clarke’s charity bid by visiting www.justgiving.com/Margaretpentland