Sunderland father and son ride in memory of uncle

Picture on the sea front at Roker on Sunday, after completing a cycle ride from Allenheads to Sunderland are l-r back row Andrew Lawton, Ian Craister and Stephen Hope with Alex Lawton (13) front. A total of 75 cyclists took part in yesterdays event orgaised by Springboard in aid of various charities.

Picture on the sea front at Roker on Sunday, after completing a cycle ride from Allenheads to Sunderland are l-r back row Andrew Lawton, Ian Craister and Stephen Hope with Alex Lawton (13) front. A total of 75 cyclists took part in yesterdays event orgaised by Springboard in aid of various charities.

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A FATHER and son team tackled a 47-mile route across town and country as they rode in memory of one of their loved ones.

Andrew Lawton, 36, and son Alex, 13, from Silksworth, rode from Allenheads to Roker on Saturday as part of Springboard’s annual cycle challenge.

While many of the 75-strong group raised cash for children’s charities, the pair completed the task to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Nissan worker Andrew’s uncle Tommy, also of Silksworth.

He died in February last year at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack.

Andrew’s wife Ann, 38, who works for Lloyds and is also mum to Charlotte, 15, said: “Alex has had bikes all his life, but he got a proper mountain bike for Christmas and since then he’s done a thousand miles. He really loves it and he keeps him fit.

“I’m really proud of both of them for doing this.”

Andrew completed the ride last year. This year was Alex’s first effort.

Pallion-based Springboard, which also has an office in East Durham, had originally planned to run the ride in July, but decided to postpone it after bad weather hit.

Last year, it helped raise £1,000 for St Benedict’s Hospice.

Cyclists were welcomed back to Roker with a barbecue and given a T-shirt in recognition of their achievement.

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