One of our longstanding supporters, Steven Butler recently completed another challenging cycle ride to raise funds for Bright Red and the Great North Air Ambulance.
Here Steven share’s their story:
“Our 2017 bike ride aim was to raise more money than was raised on previous years ride. The funds are raised in the name of Alison Gledson and Ron Keegan who have both received support from this Bright Red and held it close to their hearts. Riders included Alison’s husband, nephew and brother in
law along with Ron’s son.
Our 11 riders include aged from 25 to 63, with mixed fitness levels, included one rider who didn’t train! He simply bought a £50 secondhand bike, changed the tyres and finished it off with a couple of modifications on the day! This was his own personal challenge.
We started out driving towards Whitehaven through rain and strong winds, thinking what were we letting ourselves into! We got lucky, the rain stopped and the wind was at our back all three days. The rain caught up with us by tea time day one but it felt good to cool us all down.
Day 2 was the most challenging only 39 miles but climbing a total of 4475ft, The Hartside cafe was a sight for sore eyes and the cake tasted good.
Day 3 only had a couple of climbs and some fantastic scenery coming down The Waskley Way and through Derwent side with 20mph plus winds blowing us home.
The crowd gathered at The South Beach Pub Blyth was a warm and welcoming sound and sight.
We were accompanied by riders from EE who were raising funds for G.N.A.A.S and between the both charities we raised £700.00 on the day thanks to family members and the pubs regulars support.
The group started together and finished together which felt amazing but the cherry on the top is the £2000.00 plus we hope to have raised for Bright Red by the time all the moneys are in. Plans are under way for the next one. Watch this space!”
Bright Red’s fundraising family is made up of people who know just how important our work is. Alison’s family know about us in the worst way possible, yet they use their grief to push them forward to help others, which if you think about it, is pretty remarkable.
Thanks to people like Steven and his fellow cyclists, we can make a huge difference to patients right here in the north.
We are so very grateful for all the effort!