Cyclists in the saddle for charity

Barnes Court cyclists before settig off on their sponsored ride.

Barnes Court cyclists before settig off on their sponsored ride.

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Families and staff at a Sunderland care home geared up for a sponsored bike ride.

 Barnes Court Care Home raised a total of £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and for home’s residents’ fund .

Barnes Court cyclists after their ride

Barnes Court cyclists after their ride

 Twelve riders, made up of staff , their partners and family members of residents, took part in the coastal bike ride dubbed ‘Le Tour de Shields’.

 The riders made their way along the 7.5mile route from sister care home Garden Hill Care Home in South Shields back to Barnes Court in High Barnes, Sunderland.

 Both homes are operated by Countrywide Care Homes.

 On their return the cyclists were presented with medals and trophies before celebrating with residents with a champagne toast and party in the home’s bar.

  Julie Haram, Barnes Court activities coordinator , said: “It as a tough challenge for all of us, especially since many of us hadn’t been on a bike for years, but everyone made an amazing effort and refused to give up. The prospect of raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and for the home, which is so close to our hearts, made it all worthwhile”

 Joanne Steele, home manager and one of the riders, said: “We are hugely appreciative of the efforts of the families, staff and friends that look part.”