Gearing up for third charity cycle ride

Gearing up for third charity cycle ride


Water workers are saddling up for their third annual charity cycle ride.

A team of 20 Northumbrian Water employees are aiming to complete a 170 mile route next weekend (June 15-17), in aid of Heel & Toe, a North East charity which provides free therapy to children with cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and other movement conditions.

In recent years, the cyclists have raised more than £10,000 for good causes, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and WaterAid.

The team, who all work for the water company’s Information Systems department at Pity Me, Durham, will cycle from Durham to Whitby via Barnard Castle. They will ride 30 miles on Friday June 15, 70 miles on Saturday June 16, and complete the final 70 miles on Sunday June 17.

The cyclists will be joined on the charity ride by Heel & Toe chairman, Paul Bannister, and manager, Doug Long.

Team member, Andy Longley who lives in South Shields and works as a systems analyst at Northumbrian Water’s head office in Pity Me, Durham, put forward Heel & Toe as this year’s chosen charity. Andy said: “Having supported two high profile charities over the past two outings, we felt that this year we should lend our support to a lesser known charity based within our region. Heel & Toe fitted that profile being based only half a mile from our office.

“The charity already benefits from support through our employee volunteering scheme, Just an hour, and we know how important fundraising is to help Heel & Toe provide the services children need.”

Heel & Toe’s charity manager, Doug Long said: “We are overwhelmed at being selected by Northumbrian Water. This is the largest corporate support our charity has received, so much so I agreed to be part of the event!”

In light of the difficult economic climate, the team have set a modest fundraising target of £2,500, with a £250 boost from Northumbrian Water’s employee sponsorship fund, Cheque it Out.

The cyclists have been supported in their challenge by a local company, Vehicle Lease & Services, which is providing a support van for the trip and an apprentice within the information systems team, 20 year old Chris Tindale, has offered to drive the vehicle for the weekend.

Donations are welcome at:  

For further information please contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

List of charity cyclists by home town
County Durham
Name Job title Age Home town
Andy Hopkins Systems Analyst 37 Durham
Chris Watson Systems Analyst 52 Durham
Dave Anderson PC Support Engineer 35 Chester le Street
Steve Richardson Systems Analyst 39 Durham
Steve Walton Systems Analyst 37 Durham
Tyne & Wear
Name Job title Age Home town
Andrew Billington Strategy & Innovation Manager 53 Washington
Andy Longley Systems Analyst 43 South Shields
Andy Wilson Systems Analyst 31 Newcastle upon Tyne
Bryan Jeffers IS Service Desk Analyst 33 Gateshead
Craig Stanley Systems Analyst 40 Whitley Bay
Darran Faith Infrastructure Support Engineer 33 Sunderland
Kevin Smith Telecoms & Network Team Leader 53 Whickham
Kevin Thompson Applications Team Leader 55 Sunderland
Khal Rafi Systems Analyst 50 Newcastle upon Tyne
Lee Gallon Applications Team Leader 42 Washington
Mal Beckwith Operations Manager 52 Sunderland
Michael Coyne Problem Management Co-ordinator 41 Sunderland
Robert Clark Datacentre Technician 47 Sunderland
Name Job title Age Home town
Ana Nicholson Systems Analyst 45 Stocksfield
Tony Walsh Datacentre Technician 49 Cramlington

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