Pedal power boosts Pont teenager’s fund-raising

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A PONTELAND teenager’s efforts on his bike have added to his excellent fund-raising total for a good cause, writes Jessica Rea.

A few weeks ago, George Hunter undertook one of the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge routes and rode about 100km through the Northumberland countryside and parts of north Newcastle.

Despite the difficulties of the day – riders face inclines so tough that 90 per cent of them are reduced to walking – it seems that a good time was had by all and George completed the ride in five-and-a-half hours.

After collecting sponsorship money from family, friends and teachers, the Ponteland High School student has raised £800 for the charity Mind, which was set up to empower and support those suffering from mental-health issues.

He said of the ride: “It was quite a challenge, but I managed to stay on my bike for the whole distance.

“You meet new people by doing this event. It was just fun.”

The money brought in from the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge boosts George’s grand total to £3,000, which is an amazing achievement for someone so young. He was inspired by the memory of his grandfather to start collecting funds for the charity.

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