A GROUP from Northumberland are hoping to raise money for a charity close to their hearts by cycling the border of the county.
Staff from Northumberland Sport are saddling up to cycle around the border of Northumberland for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The charity means a lot to the nine-strong team who have people close to them who have been affected by Leukaemia.
The group, of varying cycling ability, are going to take off on the 400-mile cycle relay on Friday June 3 from Seaton Delaval Hall, wearing their florescent yellow charity T-shirts.
Kaye Scott, business support assistant at Northumberland Sport, decided to take up the challenge after her brother, Neil Douglass, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in October last year.
Kaye, from Bedlington, said: “Neil has always been fit, active and healthy and it has really shaken the family that someone we love has being diagnosed with this illness.
“Neil is an inspiration to me as he is determined to complete the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge and Great North Run. His positive outlook, in spite of his illness, is breathtaking.”
The team will finish their mammoth cycle back at Seaton Delaval hall on Sunday June 5 and team member Lee Sprudd said they will be taking advantage of the long daylight hours to get as much cycling into each day as they can. Lee, 35, of Ashington, said: “There will be long days for us as we use the extended hours of daylight and will finish cycling at 8pm or 9pm.
“I am feeling a little nervous it has never been done before and there will be quite a few hilly and mountainous areas across Northumberland, it is going to be very difficult in parts.”
But the reason they are doing the challenge is never far from the team’s thoughts.
“It is a close issue to the team, one of our previous colleagues have been recently diagnosed with a form of leukaemia so he has undergone a bone marrow transplant,” he added: “And Kaye’s brother being diagnosed as well, that is why it is important to us. We will be wearing our bright yellow T-shirts for the charity so we will definitely be seen around Northumberland. We are just hoping for good weather and no wind.
“We had a target of £1,000 but we have exceeded that already so we are hoping to double that.”
Kate White, Fundraising Director for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “It is great that this group of people are taking part in this unique event and raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
“Every penny raised will be invested in our leading research which is making a real difference to the lives of patients with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
You can support the team as they cycle to beat blood cancers by visiting their fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/TourofNorthumberland.
To donate to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research or to take part in one of their events visit www.beatbloodcancers.org