Friends get on their bikes to help charity

Jonathan Greenwell, from Newbottle, and friends, setting off on the Coast to Coast ride in aid of a charity which helps children with Down's Syndrome.
Jonathan Greenwell, from Newbottle, and friends, setting off on the Coast to Coast ride in aid of a charity which helps children with Down's Syndrome.
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A GROUP of friends rode out for a wheely good cause.

Jonathan Greenwell, from Newbottle, and his pals completed the Coast to Coast ride to raise cash for the Education Centre for Children with Down’s syndrome (ECCDS).

The charity, based in Newton Aycliffe, supports young people with the condition from birth to 18 and their families.

 The money raised will help provide sensory learning equipment and fund the general running of the charity, which has an outreach centre in Hexham, supporting 50 children.

The group took on the 135-mile charity challenge from Whitehaven to Sunderland as Darren Naisbett, 31, from Shiney Row, has given up work to look after 19-month-old Jenson, who has Down’s.

Also lending a hand was Neil Stratton, who owns Strattons Promotion Buses in Sunderland. The company laid on a free bus for the riders, as Neil’s brother, Mark Charlton, 29, also has Down’s syndrome and lives with his mother in Cleadon.

Jonathan, 34, who lectures at Sunderland College, said: “We’re hoping to raise at least £1,000 for ECCDS and we’d like to thank everyone who has made a donation so far.”

Team Jenson has so far raised £770. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/teamjenson or by texting TJEN98 £ and the amount to 70070.