Charity ride raises £3k

A two-day cycle challenge undertaken by a generous group of cyclists has resulted in a welcome fundraising boost for a Northumberland charity.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 12:26 pm
Updated Friday, 6th September 2019, 20:40 pm
Members of Matfen Hall Hotel's Aqua Vitae health club raised £3,000 for Carers Northumberland.

Twenty-four cyclists took part in the Matfen Over Border Outing earlier this summer, which saw them cover 160 miles over two days – raising an impressive £3,000 for Carers Northumberland, which provides vital support for unpaid carers across the county.

The charity is the nominated good cause of Matfen Hall Hotel in Northumberland, which served as both the start and finish line for the cyclists. The vast majority of them are members of Matfen Hall’s Aqua Vitae health club and regularly take part in spinning and training classes together.

The charity bike ride has become an annual tradition since the first fundraising effort back in 2014.

Bob Bell, from Hexham, who has been involved in organising the last four events, said: “Once again we saw a terrific effort from all the cyclists over the two days. As always, there were some challenging sections on the route, but we did it together.

“It’s a really rewarding event to be involved with and we were delighted to hand over the £3,000 cheque to such a worthy cause.”

The group were supported by Val Thornton and Angela Watson, who stepped off their bikes to drive the support van carrying valuable supplies including food, drink and the all-important puncture repair kit.

Carole Crowe, manager at Aqua Vitae, said: “We’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 2019 Matfen charity bike ride.

“It’s wonderful to see our members coming together to complete a tough challenge in aid of such a brilliant cause. We feel very proud of them all!”

Debra Blakey, chief executive of Carers Northumberland, said: “Everyone at Carers Northumberland is overwhelmed by the fantastic effort of the Matfen Over the Border riders.

“They have raised an enormous amount of money which will go towards our continuing work to support unpaid carers across Northumberland.

“Not only have the riders raised money but they have also raised our profile and awareness of the charity’s work.”