Cyclist saddles up to raise funds for Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust
A cyclist is hoping pedal power will help him boost the funds of the trust created to celebrate the lives of two South Tyneside sweethearts.
Mark Lamb is getting back on his bike after a 13-year break to take on the coast-to-coast cycle challenge in aid of the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
The 54-year-old, from Whitburn, will taking on the 154-mile route from Barrow in Furness to Little Haven beach, in South Shields, on May 11.
He will be joined by his brother-in-law and his friends, who are travelling from Canada, to take part in the challenge for a charity close to their hearts.
The trust was created last year by the families of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, to celebrate the lives of the couple, who were killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack, last May.
It aims to support aspiring young performers and sportspeople to follow their dreams through the help of bursaries – a chance the couple, who were both from South Shields, were robbed of.
Chloe was a passionate performer, while Liam was a talented cricketer.
Mr Lamb, who hopes to raise £500 for the cause, said: “My brother-in-law is coming over from Canada to do the coast to coast to raise money for charity he is supporting.
“I’ve done it before about 13 years ago and I thought I would love to get involved.
“I know Caroline and I know about the trust and what it’s set up to do, I wanted to do something for them.
“I’ve started to get out and about on the bike and got back into riding – it’s not going too bad.”
The group will set off on Thursday and hope to arrive back in South Shields by noon on Monday.
Since the trust was launched, a number of performers and sportspeople have also benefited from bursaries from the money raised.
Application forms are available on the trust’s Facebook page, Chloe & Liam Together Trust, for anyone wishing to apply for one of the bursaries available.
The committee meets four times a year to discuss applications and to agree awards.
Anyone who wants to sponsor Mr Lamb can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mark-lamb-c2c?.