Fund-raisers get on their bikes

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A GROUP of colleagues from Northumberland Sport are saddling up to cycle around the border of Northumberland for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The riders, consisting of nine individuals of varying ability, are taking on the 400-mile cycle relay starting from Seaton Delaval Hall on the morning of Friday, June 3, and finishing at the same place on the evening of Sunday, June 5.

The cause is a personal one because Business Support Assistant Kaye Scott’s brother, Neil Douglass, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in October 2010 after trying to give blood.

“Neil has always been fit, active and healthy and it has really shaken the family that someone we love has been diagnosed with this illness,” she said.

“Neil is an inspiration to me as he is determined to complete the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge and Great North Run.

“His positive outlook, in spite of his illness, is breathtaking.

“We hope Northumberland residents support this cycle ride as we are raising money for a very important cause.”

Kate White, Fund-raising Director for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “It is great that this group of people are taking part in this unique event and raising money for our charity.

“Every penny raised will be invested in our leading research which is making a real difference to the lives of patients with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”

You can support the team by visiting their fund-raising page at