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Schoolgirl back in the saddle to raise money for ill babies

Lucy Barker who is going to complete her third C2C cycle ride to raise money for South Tyneside District Hospital

Lucy Barker who is going to complete her third C2C cycle ride to raise money for South Tyneside District Hospital

A KIND-hearted youngster got in the saddle to raise cash for sick babies.

Lucy Barker, from East Boldon, took on a 130-mile coast-to-coast cycle for the third time.

The 12-year-old raised more than £1,100 for the maternity unit at South Tyneside District Hospital in memory of her sister Isla, who was stillborn in 2009 after complications with her umbilical chord.

Lucy, a pupil at Whitburn Church of England Academy, took on the challenge, which saw her ride from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, to Roker, over three days alongside mum Sarah, 40, while dad Paul, 38, and brother Jack, nine, drove alongside them for support.

Sarah said: “It was tough, especially on the first day because it poured with rain, but the Sunday and Monday were fine. Going over the Pennines on Sunday was quite a challenge.

“The last day was the best because it’s all downhill.”

Lucy first did the ride three years ago alongside her dad, and last year, her parents split the journey.

But Sarah took on the full challenge this year for the first time.

She added: “Most 12-year-olds sit around playing on the computer, but Lucy wants to be out and about constantly.

“Raising money for the hospital in memory of her sister is so wonderful and we really couldn’t be prouder.”

 

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