Hebburn’s Wheels Project gets a £10,000 boost

BIKE BOOST ... Wheels Project founder Bob Neill, centre, with, from left, Callum Harrison, Jonathan Leather and Barry James of Leathers, and Jason Pervis.
BIKE BOOST ... Wheels Project founder Bob Neill, centre, with, from left, Callum Harrison, Jonathan Leather and Barry James of Leathers, and Jason Pervis.

A TEAM of accountants are getting on their bikes to help a youth initiative in Hebburn.

The Wheels Project, in Prince Consort Road, has been supporting the town’s young people for 24 years, and now it’s about to be given a helping hand in turn.

This is an incredible donation. This alone will help to sustain us for a whole year, so it is a huge boost to the project and the work we do.

Bob Neill, founder, The Wheels Project

The scheme offers teenagers the chance to engage in activities in their spare time, as well as offering training and qualifications.

The charity, founded by Bob Neill in 1991, has been given £10,000 by Leathers, a chartered accountancy firm based in Newcastle and Durham.

The donation comes after a team from the company signed up for the Tour de Force this summer, a 2,078-mile cycling challenge following the route of the annual Tour de France race.

The team hopes to raise £50,000 for charity altogether.

Mr Neill said: “This is an incredible donation. This alone will help to sustain us for a whole year, so it is a huge boost to the project and the work we do.

“It has been fantastic to see how it has grown and the difference it has made to young people’s lives.

“We are hugely grateful to the team from Leathers for their efforts.”

Michael Leather, managing director of the firm, will be cycling the 21 stages of the tour, and he will be joined by eight colleagues en route.

He said: “We, as a team, have been to visit the project and are impressed with the work they’re doing. We’re all delighted to be able to benefit such a great local charity.”

To make a donation, visit www.howdoyoucelebrate25yearsinbusiness.co.uk