Siblings complete unique challenge

James, Will and Pete Newbigin at the finish of their charity bike ride in Low Newton.
James, Will and Pete Newbigin at the finish of their charity bike ride in Low Newton.
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A TRIO of Ponteland brothers have raised more than £5,000 for the Stroke Association after getting on their bikes and riding 200 miles in three days.

James, Will and Pete Newbigin planned the cycling trips to mark the tenth anniversary of their dad’s stroke.

Inspired by the places that they used to holiday as a family, they decided to start in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and finish in Low Newton, north Northumberland.

Will, 22, said: “The whole bike ride was amazing. We had complete strangers along the route cheering us on and putting money in our fund-raising buckets.

“I have to say parts of the route were tough and at one point we were ready to destroy our bikes, but now it has finished I am so pleased we did it.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us.”

The lads set off from Barrow-in-Furness on day one and rode 70 miles to Penrith. On the second day, they cycled onto Hexham where family and friends joined them for a 20-mile ride to their home in Ponteland.

On the final day, James, 23, Will and Pete, 19, travelled through Northumberland to reach Low Newton.

Danny Mitchell, regional fund-raising manager at the Stroke Association, said: “We’re so pleased that the brothers decided to raise money for us. It will go towards supporting over one million people in the UK who are living with the effects of stroke.

“Around 150,000 people have a stroke each year and the support of those who fund-raise means we can continue to help stroke survivors and their families in the future.”

You can still support the brothers. Visit www.justgiving.com/NewbiginBrosCycle