Tyne-Tees cyclists raise thousands for local charities

Tyne Tees cyclists raise thousands for local charities

21.08.2013

Workers at Northumbrian Water’s waste water recycling plants on Teesside and North Tyneside have raised more than £3,500 for two children’s charities close to their hearts.

A team of 34 Northumbrian Water staff and friends got on their bikes and pedalled 58 miles from the Bran Sands Advanced Anaerobic Digestion (AAD) site at Teesport, near Middlesbrough, to the company’s sister AAD plant at Howdon, Wallsend.

All the money raised will be split equally between Henry Dancer Days which supports families of youngsters with osteosarcoma, an aggressive type of bone cancer, and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough which offers respite and palliative care to terminally ill babies and support for their parents.

Most of the intrepid cyclists are based at the two hi-tech recycling plants which between them treat more than 75,000 tonnes of sewage sludge a year, creating electricity from methane gas to help power the sites. The treated sludge is then used as agricultural fertiliser.

The marathon sponsored bike ride was organised by Northumbrian Water’s AAD project manager, Donna Rawlinson, and wastewater manager Richard Murray.

Louise Hunter, Northumbrian Water’s director of corporate affairs, said: "Our team at Bran Sands have supported Zoe’s Place for a number of years and one of our technicians at Howdon has a close association with Henry Dancer’s family, so we are delighted to see these worthwhile causes benefit from the kindness and generosity of so many of our fantastic people here at Northumbrian Water.”

Sue Fox, corporate fundraiser at Zoe’s Place, said: ‘’Northumbrian Water have been a huge support to Zoe’s Place for several years now and we were delighted with the amount that has been raised.

“Zoe’s Place receives very little government funding and at present we need to raise in excess of £1 million per year just to keep the doors of the hospice open. With the support of the public and dedicated companies like Northumbrian Water, we hope to be able to provide this vital service for many years to come.

Jane Nattrass, Henry Dancer’s mum who set up the charity in his memory, said: “We′re so grateful for the continued support of Northumbria Water and their staff. They′ve gone the extra mile to help children with a cruel, life-threatening disease enjoy something positive during their lengthy treatment. This is just what they and their families need."

For more information about Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice go to www.zoes-place.org.uk

For more information about Henry Dancer Days go to www.henrydancerdays.co.uk

For media information please contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6738 or email michael.chipchase@nwl.co.uk

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