Pedal power boosts funds of bereavement charity

READY TO RIDE ... Cruse Crew members are joined by family and friends taking part in a 24-hour bike ride, in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside at Asda.
READY TO RIDE ... Cruse Crew members are joined by family and friends taking part in a 24-hour bike ride, in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside at Asda.

PEDAL power has helped boost the funds of a bereavement charity which is helping youngsters in South Tyneside.

Cruse Crew members were joined by family and friends as they embarked on a 24-hour relay bike ride at Asda Boldon over the weekend.

The support we are receiving from the public to what we are doing is just overwhelming.

Emma Robertson, The Cruse Crew

The group are raising funds for Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, to enable the charity to set up bereavement support workshops for children and young people in the borough.

At the moment, families have to travel to Newcastle to access the service, and so far the group have raised £30,000 for the charity.

From 7pm on Friday, members of the Cruse Crew, along with family and friends, took turns to jump on one of the five static bikes – loaned by Market Health Spa in South Shields – to cycle for 24 hours, helping to raise more than £700 for the charity.

Cruse Crew member, Emma Robertson, said: “The support we are receiving from the public to what we are doing is just overwhelming, and we all had a great time – including the kids.

“A lot of us within the Cruse Crew have lost loved ones and we know the impact not having the right support available for children can have, which is why we are all so passionate about the cause.

“And we really can’t thank the people of South Tyneside and Asda customers enough for their generosity.”

Community Champion at Asda Boldon, Tracey Tough, said: “Asda always prides itself in getting behind local projects which benefit the local community.

“What the Cruse Crew are doing is fantastic.

“It’s also great to see the kids getting involved too.

“I’d also like to thank our customers for showing their support to what is a worthy cause.”

The Cruse Crew is made up of parents Emma Robertson, Jean Costello, Davy Carr, Laura Nisbet, Graham Muirhead, Alfie Leggett and Susan Clarkson.

They are supported by friends Joyce Auty, Rachel Little, Alana Vickers, Paul and Mandy Kirton, Coun Ernest Gibson, Patricia Ridley and Lisa Nightingale.

Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside offers one-to-one support for bereaved adults, children and young people.