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Riders to spend Bank Holiday on two wheels raising money for Sunderland hospice

Karen Maclennan of Grace House, (front left) with staff and regulars of The Cliff pub, Mere Knolls Road, Roker, Sunderland, who are taking part in a bike ride from the pub to Marsden Grotto and back, in aid of Grace House.

Karen Maclennan of Grace House, (front left) with staff and regulars of The Cliff pub, Mere Knolls Road, Roker, Sunderland, who are taking part in a bike ride from the pub to Marsden Grotto and back, in aid of Grace House.

IT won’t be a relaxing bank holiday on Monday for these charity bikers.

More than 75 cyclists, including employees from Xiscard Training Ltd, will spend it on two wheels to raise money for city hospice Grace House.

The cyclists start their journey from The Cliff pub in Seaburn, before journeying to Marsden Grotto and back.

Event organiser David Middleton and The Cliff landlord Keith Steele were at a golf day organised by Grace House, and got talking afterwards about how they both wanted to help the organisation.

David said: “We had a fantastic day at the golf day and afterwards we were able to watch a short DVD showing pictures of Grace House with interviews from children who could be using the services Grace House will offer. #

“We really wanted to help and have been overwhelmed at the response from our family, friends and local businesses who all want to take part or help with fund-raising.”

Participants will meet at The Cliff at 9.30am for a bacon sandwich breakfast before starting the ride at 10am. Entertainment and a barbecue has been organised for the riders on their return from 1pm, with all welcome to come along and join in the fun.

Karen Maclennan, fund-raiser at Grace House, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Keith and David have organised the bike ride for Grace House.

“I will be taking part with my colleague Jemma and we are really looking forward to meeting everyone and joining in with their fund-raising afterwards.” David also added: “Barclays Bank in South Shields have also pledged to match up to £1,000 and William Hill have said they will match all money raised, which is fantastic news.”

Places are still available for the ride and those interested should contact David on 07742 388539 or Keith on 548 6200.

Families can take part but children must be supervised at all times by their parents or guardian.

There will also be people who will be walking the route.

Participants will be asked to raise a minimum of £30 per person in sponsorship.

To sponsor the walkers and riders, go to www.justgiving.com/cliffseaburnbikeride.

A Grace House family funday is also being held on Saturday at Whitworth Hall, Spennymoor, County Durham.

Entry is £1, with Horrible History writer Terry Deary set to be a special guest.

 

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