CYCLISTS used the memory of a much-loved dad as inspiration to take part in a journey and raise funds for a school.
Friends and family of Trevor Slater, of Houghton – who died in a motorbike accident in 2006 – undertook a sponsored bike ride in aid of Sunningdale School.
The school, in Shaftoe Road, Springwell, is raising money for a hydrotherapy pool for its pupils, many of whom have disabilities and learning difficulties.
A group of riders left The Mill pub, Rainton Bridge, near to where dad-of-two Trevor lived, and set off around Durham.
Trevor’s partner Susan, mum to his children Brooke, 12, and Nicole, 10, also took part, with help from Lisa Foster and Matthew Jane.
“It was a really good day,” said Susan.
“I’m still getting some money in, but it will be about £4,500 I think.”
Donna Cox, who helped to organise some of the event and whose son Sam Cox-Stewart, seven, goes to Sunningdale School, said: “They were supposed to do a 25-mile route, but they ended up doing 31 miles because they got lost somewhere in Durham.
“It was a lovely, sunny day though.
“They had about five stop-offs all the way around the route with them going that far.”
Fund-raisers also boosted the cashpot by holding raffles at The Mill. The group also wanted to thank IES Electrical for sponsoring the charity effort.