School pedals together to beat leukaemia

Staff and parents get ready for the ride at Darras Hall First School.
Staff and parents get ready for the ride at Darras Hall First School.

STAFF at a Ponteland school put pedal to the metal in aid of Leukaemia Research.

More than a dozen people associated with Darras Hall First School, including teachers, office staff and parents, cycled from its grounds on Broadway to St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

They travelled along cycle tracks and roads and met a group of supporters at a rest stop for refreshments.

Headteacher Peter Tincombe said: “As staff, we have come across three youngsters in recent times who have been diagnosed with leukaemia and so we wanted to do something tangible to help fund research into the condition.

“A couple of the staff are keen cyclists and suggested doing a sponsored bike ride from the school to the lighthouse.

“The skies were very grey but somehow we managed to avoid the rain, although the regular cyclists in the group who decided to ride back to Ponteland did get drenched.”

He added: “We are delighted with the support we have received from pupils, parents, carers and others who are putting their hands in their pockets for a very good cause.”