Big-hearted bikers got revved up to raise funds for a vital cause.
Scores of motorcycle enthusiasts hit top gear to complete a 120-mile ride from Wearside to Penrith to boost the fight against cancer.
The idea came about over a beer - the charity was fantastic to us and i thought it was the least I could do.Graeme Ferry
The Great North Classic Ride out – held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support – was organised by Whitburn dad-of-two Graeme Ferry, whose partner Cheryl Mullen lost a decade-long battle with the deadly disease at the age of just 47 in October 2013.
Mr Ferry, 51, was keen to bolster the fight against charity and devised a plan over a beer with some friends.
He said: “The idea came about over a beer.
“The charity was fantastic to us and I thought this was the least I could do.
“It was a great event and we had people rattling buckets on the day to raise funds and I set up a Just Giving Page.”
Online donations have already reached £390 – and Graeme expects the grand total to hit £1,000.
The event – which saw more than 70 bikers on vintage rides such as Triumphs and BSAs – ride from Penshaw monument in Sunderland to Hartside, before making a return journey to Washington.
Unfortunately Graeme, could only cheer on from the sidelines – after his trusty BMW R60 suffered an electrical fault before the event.
Graeme, who lives in Sea View Park, in Whitburn, with the couple’s children, Olivia and Tom, said: “Unfortunately, my own ride was scuppered by an electrical fault.
“It was disappointing but it was a great day and I am grateful to everyone who took part and donated money.”
People can still donate at www.justgiving.com/Greatnorthclassicrideout