Our charity fundraising efforts do not start and stop with the rides. There are many activities going on throughout the year which add to our totals. We have held many supermarket collections, bucket collections at stadiums, social evenings and other events such as golf tournaments to raise money for our supported charities.
We would like to thank everyone who has given their time and commitment to run these events for us whether it was pedalling on a turbo trainer for hours on end, manning a stall or rattling buckets outside freezing cold sports grounds. All your efforts are very much appreciated.
We also wish to thank everyone who has spent time engaging with us at these events and all those who have donated.
Thank you all
In 2013 we decided to make things a little harder. Someone came up with the idea of turning the challenge into a triathlon and this is how some of the group ended up swimming one mile, cycling 420 miles and completing the 13.5 miles of the Great North Run.
The original plan was to do the swim section in the Serpentine, however due to circumstances beyond our control (a concert held in Hyde Park) we had to change our venue to an indoor pool.
On Monday 9th, the riders began the first leg of the journey from London (Angel Islington) to the Angel of The North. The route took us through Northampton, Nottingham, Leeds, Catterick (to visit Help For Heroes Phoenix House) arriving at Newcastle on Friday 13th.
There were more participants than ever in the 2013 challenge and we decided that a number of charities would be benefiting from the money we raised. These were Help For Heroes, Prostate Cancer UK, The Brain Tumour Charity, Ready For Home, Claire House and Bluebell Wood.
Over the years, Andy managed to raised just over £13,000 with his fundraising efforts which included Toon To Town rides, Bike For Bobby, fundraising days and even leg waxing. In August 2013, Nicola Aspin and the staff at The Angel Inn, Wooler hosted a fundraising evening for Andy and his efforts to support Prostate Cancer UK. A 'wax tax' was imposed and, for a donation of £10 , members of the audience were able to tear a strip off Andy. With the people of Wooler and the surrounding area being as generous as ever with prizes, a raffle was also held and the total raised from the waxing evening exceeded £400
At the Glendale Festival, Wooler High Street was packed with stalls and people and Andy set up on a turbo trainer and pedalled for nearly 5 hours, covering over 75 miles to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and collect donations and sponsorship.
At a fun day held at Riverside Leisure Park in Wooler, Andy raised over £570 supported by families, owners and tourists at the park. Andy's charity efforts supported both Toon To Town and Prostate Cancer UK, who's aim is to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.
On the 21st June 2013 over eighty golfers took part in our Golf Day event held at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club . The weather, course and facilities on the day were excellent.
The aim of the golf day was to raise as much money as possible for Help for Heroes. On the day, we raised a total of over £1,000. The money raised, along with other dontations that made during that summer meant that over £5,000 was given to Phoenix House recovery centre at Catterick, directly helping servicemen and women in the North.
We would also like to thank Chris Allen (whose images appear here) for his photographic coverage of the event. We would also like to thank everyone for participating and their generosity which meant we were able to reach an amazing figure for such a worthy charity.