A wheely good cause

Rob Mewes


A north east water worker is gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, although his football loyalty lies with the Black Cats.

Rob Mewes, a Northumbrian Water employee from Washington, is planning a 324 mile charity cycle by circling the organisation’s famous Kielder Reservoir, not once or twice but an astonishing twelve times later this year.

The largest man made lake in northern Europe boasts a 27 miles shoreline and Rob’s mammoth ride is almost the equivalent length of the English Channel.

Since his father was diagnosed with the same condition as Sir Bobby in August 2010, Rob (33) has been determined to tackle the marathon distance over the course of three days.

Rob said: “Half the family supports Newcastle and half Sunderland but the one bond we all share is a deep respect for Sir Bobby and the foundation he began.

“My dad has a stage four brain tumour and my mum has made a move to part time hours now so she can take care of him. The foundation has been such a wonderful support to the whole family, especially my dad who is having such a tough time; I am determined to give something back.”

Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise more than £4million to help find more effective treatments for cancer.

The charity funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria and which contribute significantly to international efforts and research into fighting the disease. This includes the clinical trials of drugs at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle.

Rob added: “I’m not a keen cyclist but I’m confident I can achieve my goal because I am mentally ready. I just need to start practicing cycling now! On a more serious note, once I set something in motion, I will definitely do it.

“I hope to raise £2,000 in total and would love the donations to start flooding in now to spur me on with my training.”

Pauline Buglass from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said: “We’re very grateful to Rob for his efforts in aid of the charity. He’s obviously very determined and has strong personal reasons to want to raise funds to fight cancer.

“No doubt this will be a huge physical challenge for Rob and will involve a huge amount of training and preparation. We wish him all the luck in the world.”

Rob’s employer, Northumbrian Water, has started the ball rolling by donating £50.00 via an employee sponsorship fund called Cheque it Out.

The trail Rob will be using is the Lakeside Way, a multi user trail that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water in Northumberland. Suitable for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders, it is 27 miles long and is open all year round. For more information on Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland go to www.visitkielder.com.

Rob’s mammoth effort begins on Thursday 6 September 2012. Donate via www.justgiving.com/oneandonlynormanmewes or by sending a text to 70070 with GQHB91, space followed by the amount e.g. £10.

For more information about the event and Rob’s progress go to: www.facebook.com/rob.mewes or @MewesRob on www.twitter.com.

For media enquiries contact Philippa Clark on 0191 301 5538 or Philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk.

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