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Team of women use pedal power to raise vital funds

Local fundraisers The Curvettes raised over �375 for the Stroke Association where the team of six ladies to cycled 100 miles in a static bike ride.

Local fundraisers The Curvettes raised over �375 for the Stroke Association where the team of six ladies to cycled 100 miles in a static bike ride.

A team of six women donned their cycling gear and pedalled for a total of 100 static miles to raise money for a good cause.

Susan Walton, from Chevington Moor, led The Curvettes, who are all owners or members of Curves gyms in Ashington and Cramlington, to take part in the challenge after she lost her mum to a stroke seven years ago.

She said: “Before my mum had a stroke, I didn’t know anything about the condition, which is why I was keen to raise awareness and funds for the Stroke Association.

“I bought my bike after my mum passed away and have been taking part in cycling fund-raising events ever since, including the Cuba Cycle Challenge.

“The 100-mile bike ride was tough, but we are thrilled we completed it and raised vital funds in the process.”

The 60-year-old was joined by daughters Sarah Bickerton, Debbie Walton and Ailsa Walton. Amanda Thomas-Hudson and Pauline Seviour also participated.

The challenge, which took place during Action on Stroke Month, brought in over £375 for the charity.

Donna Stott, regional information officer at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK, including more than 5,500 across the North East, it is vital that we have people like Susan and ‘The Curvettes’ who can raise funds for people affected by stroke. We’re really grateful to them for taking on this rewarding challenge.”

 

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