A group of determined cyclists have pedalled their way to a staggering £15,000 in aid of good causes in memory of two boxers.
Boxers from Horsley Hill boxing club, their friends, and Commonwealth champion Anthony Nelson, took on the gruelling coast to coast challenge which saw them ride 135 miles from Whitehaven, Cumbria, to Sunderland.
I’m sure Ross and Dale will be very proudTracey Donaldson
They were joined by family members of Ross Young, who died aged 27, last year, after suffering hypoxic encephalopathy - a condition in which the brain is starved of oxygen - and a cardiac arrest, and Dale Lincoln, 21, who also died last year on the cliffs at Marsden.
A total of £15,000 was raised in memory of the two men which has been split between Horsley Hill Boxing Club, South Tyneside District Hospital’s High Dependency Unit and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Tracey Donaldson, who was Ross Young’s partner said: “I would just like to say a big thank you to all the lads who took part in the coast 2 coast bike ride, and also to everyone who sponsored them and raised the fantastic amount of £15,747 .
“We chose Horsley Hill Boxing Club for a share because Ross and Dale were both passionate about boxing and both used to box for the club - Dale ended up being a north east champion.
“The High Dependency Unit was chosen because of the great care they took of Ross in his final days before he passed away, the RNLI was chosen on behalf of Dale and his family for the great job they do.
“I’m sure all three will find these donations very helpful and Ross and Dale would be very proud.”
Boxing coach at the club, Steve Winter said: “I would like to express our gratitude to all those who took part in the fundraising event.
“The money raised for the young people of Horsley Hill ABC will enable us to maintain our standards, purchase equipment and secure the future of our club.”