Cheers to a fantastic fund-raising amount

The Dyke Neuk Elite Cyclists setting off from The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle in May bound for Edinburgh via the Coast and Castles Route 200+ miles
The Dyke Neuk Elite Cyclists setting off from The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle in May bound for Edinburgh via the Coast and Castles Route 200+ miles
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Regulars at a Northumberland pub have dug deep to raise more than £9,000 for various charities.

A number of people who often go along to the Dyke Neuk Inn at Meldon and some of its staff members have been doing activities and challenges in aid of good causes.

As well as individual donations, strong support of events at the pub has helped them to achieve some excellent totals over a 12-month period.

Chef Vicenzo Stefanelli took part in a Mount Kilimanjaro climb and he collected an impressive £4,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The £2,210 raised by locals doing the Coast and Castles cycle route from Newcastle to Edinburgh over three days was split equally between Cancer Research UK, The Stroke Association and Scope (a UK disability charity) and £1,020 was donated to Help for Heroes following the annual charity bike ride in November.

Barman Brick Hedges did the 2014 Great North Run and a total of £1,005 went to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

One of the Dyke Neuk regulars, Angela Young, said: “Our fund-raising amounts are down to the very kind support of various events and evenings of entertainment held in the pub, which are well attended by the locals who always give generously. Great fun is had and a huge total was raised in 2014.”

A few additional activities at the pub brought in an extra £1,020 for Marie Curie and smaller donations have been made to the Riding for the Disabled Association and Macmillan Cancer Support, among other charities.