Washington water worker takes on Kielder Reservoir charity challenge

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A WATER worker is hoping people will splash the cash as he fund-raises in memory of his dad.

Rob Mewes, 43, from Washington, will go round in circles yet still cycle 324 miles during his four-day adventure.

He will do all that without ever going more than 27 miles from his starting point.

He is to use pedal power to spin himself 12 times around Kielder Reservoir to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

His roving ride will honour his dad Norman, 60, who died in May of complications from a brain tumour.

Rob, of Cairnsmore Drive, Lambton, said: “I’m not a keen cyclist but I’m confident I can achieve my goal because I am mentally ready.

“I hope to raise £2,000 in total and would love the donations to start flooding in now to spur me on with my training. I will definitely do it.”

Norman, who worked at a clothing distribution warehouse, was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma in 2010 and underwent treatment at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Rob, a customer administrator with Northumbrian Water, added: “The foundation has been such a wonderful support to the whole family. I am determined to give something back.”

Sir Bobby and wife, Lady Elsie, launched the foundation in 2008 and it has raised more than £4million to help find increasingly effective treatments for cancer.

The charity funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for cancer patients across the region.

The foundation’s Pauline Buglass said: “We’re very grateful to Rob for his efforts in aid of the charity. He’s obviously very determined and has strong personal reasons to want to raise funds to fight cancer, We wish him luck.”

l Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/oneandonlynormanmewes.

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