Emotional day at South Shields charity ride for bereaved children

The Cruse Crew complete the cycle ride in memory of loved ones
The Cruse Crew complete the cycle ride in memory of loved ones

Families whose worlds have been rocked by the death of a loved one took to their bikes to ride in their memory.

It was the second time the Cruse Crew - a group supporting bereaved children and their families - have organised the ride from Roker in Sunderland to South Shields.

Eve Rowe gives thumbs up at the end of the bike ride

Eve Rowe gives thumbs up at the end of the bike ride

The seven-mile route was chosen by youngsters who attend the group’s drop-in sessions and were keen to take part in a coastal bike ride.

The group, which is based at Harton Miners Welfare, in Low Lane, South Shields, were supported in the ride - which took place at the weekend - by Simonside Outdoor Adventure.

Cruse Crew director Susan Clarkson said: “It was quite an emotional day for all of us. We all knew why we were there and each one of us were riding with our own special angels in our hearts.

“All the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and, knowing the reason why they were doing it, inspired them to keep on going.

It was an emotional day for all of us.

Susan Clarkson

“They knew they were making their loved ones proud.”

The Cruse Crew holds drop-in sessions for families where they can come together to talk to others who have suffered a bereavement.

Activities are also organised for children and young people to take part in.

For more information visit www.crusecrew.co.uk

*The Cruse Crew is funded through fundraising events and donations.

The group will be hosting an Autumn Ball at the Hedworth Hall in Dean Road, South Shields, on Saturday, October 7, at 7pm.

Tickets are available, from the Hedworth Hall, priced £20 and includes meal, disco and performance by the Bollywood Sanddancers.