SUNDERLAND College staff used pedal power to raise money in memory of their colleague.
The 22 men and women, from the sport and public services departments at Bede Campus, decided to take part in the Wayne’s Worlds Bike Ride in memory of Wayne Hedley.
Wayne, a former sport lecturer, was 33 when he lost his battle with cancer in February this year.
Graham Mytton, head of sport and tourism at the college, arranged the sponsored bike ride which saw staff raise £2,040 for Macmillan Cancer Support by completing a 90-mile challenge based on Wayne’s life in the North East.
Starting at Bede College in Sunderland, staff rode 17 miles to Gosforth, where Wayne lived with his fiance, then a further 40 miles to Darlington and 11 miles to Sedgefield, where they were given the chance to meet Wayne’s mum and stepdad, before returning to the college on the final 22-mile leg.
Graham said: “Wayne was a much-loved member of staff and we wanted to do something to raise funds for a charity that really supported him throughout his illness.
“Given Wayne’s love of sport, it seemed fitting to do a charity bike ride and we wanted to give it more of a personal touch by visiting places he had lived and worked throughout the North East – I’m sure Wayne would have been there in spirit.”
Many of the students also pitched in, including raising money with a swear box.
To make a donation to Wayne’s World Bike Ride, visit www.justgiving.com/rideforwayne.