Friends ride from Washington Sunderland to honour fellow Rotarian

Members of the Rotary club in Washington organisimg a 12 mile bike ride in memory of member, Terry Gibson and to help raise money for Macmillan and the Army Benevolent Fund.

Members of the Rotary club in Washington organisimg a 12 mile bike ride in memory of member, Terry Gibson and to help raise money for Macmillan and the Army Benevolent Fund.

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FRIENDS will ride in honour of one of their fellow Rotarians as they raise cash in his name.

Members of the Washington branch of the charity will set out on the 16.5 mile route from the Washington Arms to the Stadium of Light and back, in tribute to Terry Gibson.

The 72-year-old, who had been a boss at PDQ Engineering at Hertburn Industrial Estate, Washington, died in March after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The former president of the organisation was a leading light in organising fund-raisers.

His pals have pledged to follow in his footsteps through the bike ride, which will be the first the group has taken part in.

Money raised will be split between Macmillan and the Army Benevolent Fund.

The route was chosen because Terry, an Oxford graduate and a grandfather of four who was married to Shiela, was a devoted Sunderland AFC fan and a keen patron of the pub, which hosted his wake.

Neil McOnie, the Washington branch’s community service chairman, said: “All the time we think about how we can create events to raise funds for those in need, and when Terry died we thought as the Arms was his first love and because he was a very keen Sunderland supporter.

“A charity bike ride from the Washington Arms to the Stadium of Light, and back again, seemed appropriate.”

The group hopes around 100 people will take part in the event.

It has said the route is not a race, but a chance to challenge those taking part and have a fun day out while raising funds.

The cyclists will register at 10am and then set off from 10.30am in groups of 10.

The route will follow the Sustrans’ Coast to Coast route, returning to Washington via Barmston and Avebury Drive.

Anyone interested in signing up to the ride can email rotarybikeride@gmail.com or call Neil on 07930 183 883.

Entry is £5 or free to under-16s riding with an adult, with a maximum of two children per paying adult.

Riders are advised to wear protective gear and take along water and snacks. Refreshments will be provided at the stadium before the return leg.