Kind-hearted staff from the Cramlington branch of Newcastle Building Society have gone the distance in a fundraising event for a local good cause.
The seven-strong Craster Court branch team took on a bike-a-thon challenge of riding 160km in a day on a spinning bike at Manor Walks Shopping Centre.
The wheels began turning on the bike at 10am, and with everyone taking regular turns in the saddle, the team successfully crossed the finish line six hours later.
The bike-a-thon was set up to raise money for the Knit ‘n’ Natter group, a locally-based collection of knitting enthusiasts who meet every week at Manor Walks to make a range of woollen items for premature and sick babies both in the north east and in Africa, as well as other items which are used by local trainee midwives.
Almost £160 was raised on the day of the bike-a-thon, and the NBS Cramlington team will be continuing to raise money for Knit ‘n’ Natter into 2014, with the branch also acting as a collection point for any knitting supplies that people want to donate to the group.
Branch manager Stephen Andrews said: “None of us are regular cyclists, so taking on this challenge was rather daunting, but with lots of encouragement we managed to make it across the line.
“The Knit’n’ Natter group is tireless in its work for babies both in the area and overseas, and we thought they’d be a great local charity for us to support.”