A TEAM of footballing fathers are swapping the pitchside for a cycle path to help raise funds for a children’s charity.
Brian Stewart, Kevin Carter, Kevin Van Enk, Paul Donaghy and Jimmy Hudson, will be getting on their bikes to ride from Edinburgh to Hebburn this weekend.
Kevin CarterAfter getting over the initial saddle sore, we are all now fully prepared and raring to go
The team, who are all linked to Hebburn Town Juniors Football Club, will be raising money for STAR International.
The charity supports orphaned children suffering from abuse, neglect or disability.
The cash raised will go towards providing equipment, care, medicine and education for youngsters and training for their carers.
The charity and the challenge was chosen after a chance conversation between the men over what Mr Stewart, who will turn 40 later this month, would like to do for his birthday.
Mr Carter said: “We had been talking about Brian’s pending 40th and he decided he wanted to do something different to celebrate, so we decided to take on a cycle challenge.
“There are five of us taking part and we’ve been out training for it over the past few months, and after getting over the initial saddle sore, we are now fully prepared and raring to go.”
The men will set off tomorrow and will cycle the 200-mile route from Edinburgh to Hebburn – arriving back in South Tyneside on Sunday.
The cyclists are being supported by the football club’s main sponsor Tyne and Wear LGV in Abbotsford Road in Gateshead.
Owners Colin and Terry Smith have donated a support vehicle and driver to transport the riders and bikes to the start and a vehicle and driver to support them on their journey back.
The final total raised will be boosted by donations collected in lieu of presents when Mr Stewart hosts his forthcoming birthday bash.
The money will be presented to one of the charity’s founders on June 19.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the team can contact Brian Stewart on 07513 787 176.