Staff get on their bikes to raise cash for hospice

GOING THE DISTANCE ... the South Tyneside Homes fundraisers.
GOING THE DISTANCE ... the South Tyneside Homes fundraisers.

housing staff had a wheel good idea for helping out a good cause.

Officers at South Tyneside Homes got saddled up for fundraising success by taking part in a three-day bike ride through Northumberland in aid of St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.

The pedal-powered project proved a success, raising £722.50.

The caring cyclists were sponsored by friends, family and colleagues for the two-wheeled trek from South Tyneside which took in Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Rothbury and other scenic spots in rural Northumberland.

Vanessa Mustard, senior fundraiser for the Primrose Terrace hospice, was presented with the bumper cheque at South Tyneside Homes’ Strathmore office in Jarrow.

She said: “With South Tyneside Homes being one of the biggest employers in the borough, it really means a lot to us that they have adopted us as their chosen charity.

“We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of the cyclists who have raised this money for us.”

Going along for the charity ride were Dave Cutting, Dave Proctor, Chris Noble, Steve Wheeler, Julie Lennon, Samantha Chambers, Jack Rutherford, Daran Waites, Emma Leggott, accompanied by former staff members John Musson and Mick Doyle.

The housing company’s senior executive director, Martin Knowles, said: “South Tyneside Homes is proud to have St Clare’s Hospice as its adopted charity, and we were thrilled to raise this latest sum for them from the sponsored cycle ride.”

St Clare’s Hospice, a registered charity set up in 1987, provides palliative care to adults with life limiting illnesses. It has to raise about £1.4m a year to cover its running costs.