Cyclists in charity ride in memory of Houghton dad who died in motorbike accident

Bikers took on a charity ride amid blazing sunshine in memory of a much-missed dad who died a decade ago.

Thursday, 21st July 2016, 11:00 am
Cyclists and supporters pictured outside The Burn pub before setting off on the bike ride.

Cyclists met at The Burn in Houghton’s Gillas Lane before journeying 20 miles across Wearside to remember Trevor Slater.

Trevor, dad to Brooke, 17, and Nicole, 15, died in a motorbike accident in July 2006.

Trevor Slater with partner Susan Hill

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The convoy left The Burn and travelled to Fatfield riverside in Washington before getting to the Shipwrights pub at North Hylton in Sunderland and stopping off for a drink.

Organiser and friend of Trevor, Donna Stewart, 40, said: “About 40 managed to do it in the end and a few have met up with us at the Burn when we got back.

“It’s been lovely weather for it which made it an even better day.”

Money raised from the day is going towards Gateway North East which provides leisure and recreational activities for youngsters with disabilities.

Trevor Slater with partner Susan Hill

Donna’s son Sam, 13, who has a rare chromosome disorder meaning he suffers from delayed development, is one of those who uses the service.

“We always want to do something around the time of year that Trevor died and thought this was the right charity to raise money for,” added Donna.

“Nicole and Brooke are old enough to take part and they got some friends to join in as well.

“We don’t know exactly how much we’ve raised yet but there was £300 in from the raffle alone and we’re just collecting sponsorship now.

“We hope to get over £1,000 which would be amazing.”