Pedal power will boost South Tyneside charity’s funds

CHARITY RIDE ... getting ready to get on the bikes are members of the Cruse Crew with Market Health Spa manager Kris Stephenson, back left.
CHARITY RIDE ... getting ready to get on the bikes are members of the Cruse Crew with Market Health Spa manager Kris Stephenson, back left.

A TEAM of fundraisers are getting on their bikes again for charity.

The Cruse Crew are taking part in the group’s second 24-hour bike ride in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside.

We are looking to raise enough cash to fund a number of workshops to enable those working with children and young people to gain a better understanding when it comes to supporting them following a bereavement.

Jean Costello, The Cruse Crew

The event will kick off tomorrow at Asda Boldon, in New Road, Boldon Colliery.

The team, made up of families who have seen the impact losing a loved one can have on children, was launched in August and within six months had raised the £30,000 needed to enable the charity to provide a service to South Tyneside’s children and young people.

The charity is in the process of looking for premises in which to deliver the service.

Now, the group is embarking on a second wave of fundraising, with cash this time going towards funding bereavement support workshops, to be delivered by the charity.

Cruse Crew member Jean Costello said: “When we launched we set out to raise £30,000 by August. That figure was achieved within six months thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the people of South Tyneside.

“After being approached by those who work with young people, we have spoken to the charity, and are now looking to raise enough cash to fund a number of workshops to enable those working with children and young people to gain a better understanding when it comes to supporting them following a bereavement.”

Kris Stephenson, owner of Market Health Spa, who has loaned the group bikes, said: “As a local business it’s good to be able to have the opportunity to support such a worthwhile charity. What they have achieved already in such a short space of time is amazing.”

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and it’s great I am able to support them again as they continue to raise funds.”

The Cruse Crew is made up of parents Emma Robertson, Jean Costello, Davy Carr, Laura Nisbet, Graham Muirhead, Alfie Leggett and Susan Clarkeson. They are supported by friends Joyce Auty, Rachel Little, Alana Vickers, Paul and Mandy Kirton, Coun Ernest Gibson, Patricia Ridley and Lisa Nightingale.