Six cyclists from Rowlands Accountants have covered almost 200 gruelling miles in just two days to raise money for local charities that help children and their families in the area.
David Nairn, Andrew Little, John White, Andrew Wimhurst, Peter Ledgerwood, and Dean Lamb, cycled the length and breadth of the region, raising more than £5,000 for charities Henry Dancer Days and The Daisy Chain Project.
The challenge, dubbed the Round Rowlands Charity Bike Ride, saw the team visit each of the firm’s offices across the region. The challenge started at the Angel of the North, adjacent to the firm’s Birtley office and took in Sunderland, Yarm and Crook before day one ended in Durham. The team visited Hexham and Ponteland on day two before heading back to Birtley via Newcastle.
Newly appointed partner Andrew Little has undertaken two previous charity rides in the past two years. One from John O’Groats to Lindisfarne and the other from Land’s End to Lindisfarne. He was aware of the scale of the challenge that faced the team.
He said: “We really do cover a large footprint in the North East incorporating County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Teesside and Northumberland. To cover the area, which is largely off-road, in just two days and the unusual heat took some doing.”
The money raised through the bike ride is supporting Lanchester-based Henry Dancer Days and The Daisy Chain Project which is based in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees.
Henry Dancer Days was set up in 2011 by Jane and Gary Nattrass in memory of their son Henry. He sadly died three years ago from a particularly aggressive form of cancer called Osteosarcoma. The charity seeks to support other families in a similar situation. Henry Dancer helps to arrange and fund days out for families whose children are being treated for osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer and the sixth most common type of children’s cancer.
Jane said: “We are very grateful to Rowlands for the support that they are giving to Henry Dancer Days. The money raised will help support more families at a very difficult time whilst their children are being treated for cancer.”
The Daisy Chain Project will also benefit from the tremendous efforts of the Rowlands team. The charity, established in 2003, provides a range of services including support and activity groups to help families with a child affected by autism.
Team member David Nairn, partner at Rowlands, added: “It was a tough challenge but one which we all thoroughly enjoyed tackling. We managed to see the best of what our region has to offer but most importantly we raised an impressive amount of money for two well-deserving charities that play an important role in helping children and their families in the local community.”