Businesses join together for big charity push

A TEAM of North East business people have raised thousands of pounds for charity on a cycle challenge.

A TEAM of North East business people have raised thousands of pounds for charity on a cycle challenge.

The team of nine took part in a 150-mile coast-to-coast bike ride across the Pennines which raised £5,000 for two charities.

The three-day challenge included overnight stops at Penrith and Eastgate before the group headed to Tynemouth.

Some members of the group are part of the Lionra Network established to promote British/Irish business, which launched on St Patrick’s Day, with a charity ball held at St James’ Park, also raised £5,000 in sponsorship.

The funds will go to the PSP Association (dedicated to supporting those living with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Cortico Basal Degeneration) and the Sick Children’s Trust.

Lionra was founded by Maurice Duffy, chief executive of Newcastle-based leadership and innovation specialist Blackswan.

Duffy said: “It was a fantastic challenge and we had four seasons in one day as we went over the North Pennines. Amazingly, there was not one puncture throughout the whole trip.

“With the St Patrick’s Day event and the bike ride we have raised £10,000, and we hope this figure will continue to grow as we look at other ways to raise money.”

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