Pub fundraisers hand over £13,500 to Sunderland charities

FUNDRAISER: Chesters Regulars Ian Smith, Dean Hodgson, Paul Coyne, Mick Deary, Craig Smith, Jordan Taylor, Andy Storey, Andy Wayman, Alan Smith, Peter Kelly, Peter Charlton, Alan Waters, Derek Johnson and Ray Peggy ahead of their charity cycle ride to help raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Chesters Regulars Ian Smith, Dean Hodgson, Paul Coyne, Mick Deary, Craig Smith, Jordan Taylor, Andy Storey, Andy Wayman, Alan Smith, Peter Kelly, Peter Charlton, Alan Waters, Derek Johnson and Ray Peggy ahead of their charity cycle ride to help raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Picture: DAVID WOOD

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Big-hearted charity champs have handed out their hard-earned funds to worthy groups in the city.

Every year the The Chesters’ Charity, a group of fundraisers from The Chesters’ pub in Sunderland, go the extra mile for Wearside.

Bike riders from the Chesters' Charity group.

Bike riders from the Chesters' Charity group.

The members recently handed out £13,500, raised during 2015, to a variety of good causes, and have already started work on this year’s fund-raising.

For the past 30 years the pub, in Chester Road, has had a charity group, made up of staff and regulars, and has raised thousands of pounds for a wide range of worthy causes.

This year the Great North Air Ambulance was the main beneficiary from the pub-goers’ efforts by being handed a cheque for £9,500.

Other groups to benefit were the Sunderland Prostate Cancer Group, who were given £1,000, and the city’s branch of the British Heart Foundation along with Sunderland’s Larengectomy Group, who both got a boost to the tune of £1,500.

The bulk of the money was raised through a charity bike ride in the summer. A total of 17 cyclists and six support workers took part in the event in June, cycling 100 miles for four consecutive days.

Ian Smith, who runs the Chesters’ Charity, said: “I would like to thank everybody that took part.

“The Great North Air Ambulance is a great charity to support because you never know when it is going to be needed. It’s just about raising money for whoever needs it at the time. I prefer them all to be in Sunderland.”

Anyone who would like to help out with the charity can contact Ian at ian.smith@esh.uk.com