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Team from Darlington Simpson and Rolling Mills social club tackle Coast-to-Coast cycle ride in aid of St Teresa's Hospice
A TEAM of cyclists raised thousands for charity with a gruelling coast to coast ride recently.
A group of regulars from the Darlington Simpson and Rolling Mills social club completed the 144-mile journey in June after deciding to raise money for the town’s St Teresa’s Hospice.
Keen cyclists John Harris, Graeme Wigley, Neil Johnson, Ian Graham and Mike Shield visited the hospice today (Sunday September 29) to hand over a cheque for £3,283.16.
Supporter Sandie Harris, who organised the trip for the men, said the money raised had far exceeded their expectations.
She said: “They started out by doing little bike rides together on a weekend and then decided to do the ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland to raise money for charity.
“They chose the hospice because we all know someone who has been affected by or died from cancer.
“They trained as much as they could and said it had been a fantastic experience, though sometimes it was a bit of a struggle, they are not young kids any more.”
The friends are considering making the challenge a yearly event, with plans to complete another coast-to-coast ride in the pipeline.
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