Biking pastor’s moto-piligrimage stops in Sunderland

Street Pastors Jo Heaven and Bill Ferrol with their driver Pete O'Driscoll pay a visit to Sunderland street pastors Julie Judson, Frank and Elaine Talbot, Elizabeth Hope and Stephen Slade at Austin House during the biker's ride from Land's End to Hadrian's Wall.

Street Pastors Jo Heaven and Bill Ferrol with their driver Pete O'Driscoll pay a visit to Sunderland street pastors Julie Judson, Frank and Elaine Talbot, Elizabeth Hope and Stephen Slade at Austin House during the biker's ride from Land's End to Hadrian's Wall.

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GOOD heavens above, a bike-mad guardian angel flew into Sunderland on a marathon charity ride.

Street pastor Jo Heaven was heading for home after a mammoth motorbike ride from Land’s End when she called in at Austin House Family Centre in Southwick.

Jo, 48, decided to take on the challenge of riding more than 700 miles in just three days to raise much-needed cash for a project in Africa and raise awareness of the Street Pastors charity.

Along with Sunderland, she also called in at Newcastle, Swindon and Leicester on her mammoth journey, as well as meeting with representatives from Northumbria Police and Sunderland City Council.

Novice bike rider Jo is still in training to get her full motorbike licence and passed her CBT motorbike test just five months ago.

The mother-of-two, who is a publicity officer for the Street Pastors organisation, took on the challenge to raise money for the Lights for Learning Gambia project which aims to install solar lights into Ndkiri Kunda Lower Basic School next month.

She said: “It has been an absolutely amazing experience and it has gone really well.

“The support we’ve had from all the street pastors across the country has been great.

For more information, visit Jo’s Facebook page 125cc Motorbike Challenge.

Christian charity the Street Pastors came to Sunderland early last year and have been helping out revellers who have fallen over or got involved in fights, dishing out water to those who have had too much to drink and flip flops to young women whose high heels are hurting their feet.