Saddling up for Sunderland hospice

Group of women from Club Zest, Sea Road, Sunderland, who took part in a charity bike ride and rasied more than a thousand pounds for St Benedicts Hospice. Back row, third from left, Debra de Luen, club owner
Group of women from Club Zest, Sea Road, Sunderland, who took part in a charity bike ride and rasied more than a thousand pounds for St Benedicts Hospice. Back row, third from left, Debra de Luen, club owner
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A GROUP of women jumped on their bikes to raise more than £1,000 for charity.

The group, from Club Zest Ladies Leisure, Sea Road, Sunderland, rode 37 miles in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice, raising a total of £1,369.10.

Club Zest owner Debra de Luen said: “We started raising money for the hospice after we lost Karen, one of our members, at a young age to a brain tumour.

“Karen spent her last days in the hospice and the staff were amazing.

“This is the third year we have entered a Club Zest team.

“Many of the women hadn’t cycled since school and had to borrow bikes.

“We had so much fun on the day, the time flies.

“We all crossed the finish line in one piece.

“It’s great to work as a team, have fun, and feel as if we have achieved something.

“To do it all for a good cause is a great feeling.”

Twelve members of the all-female gym took part in the bike ride this year, including Lisa Tsang, who raised £563 herself.

Debra, who has been teaching dance and fitness for more than 20 years, said: “Lisa works for Barclays and it had agreed to match her amount.”

The ride from Allenheads to Roker took just over two hours, and was followed by a barbeque and drinks on Roker beach.

Since opening more than a decade ago, Club Zest has held a number of charity events, including Zumba-thons and charity raffles, raising thousands of pounds for various charities..

For more information, visit www.clubzest.co.uk

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