Giles pedals to cycle challenge

Giles with his wife Sharon and Lady Elsie Robson at the presentation of the cheque held at the Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle.
Giles with his wife Sharon and Lady Elsie Robson at the presentation of the cheque held at the Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle.
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A SERVING Northumbria Police officer has raised almost £5,000 for a local charity.

DC Giles Evans, who is based at Bedlington police station, completed the ‘Toon-to-Town challenge’ in October last year – a five-day cycle ride from Newcastle to Llanelli in Wales, a total distance of 440 miles.

And he followed this up with an event which saw more than 250 people attend and an auction night, with prizes donated by the FA, Newcastle United, Glasgow Celtic, Scarlets Rugby Club, cricketer Steve Harmison and Newcastle, Hexham and Sedgefield Racecourses.

Other prizes included donations from Tony Horne at Metro Radio, pop group McFly, Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert and photographs from Doug Hall Photography.

In total, £1,900 was raised on the evening, and with the funds from the bike ride, the final figure was £4,750.

The money has been presented to Lady Elsie Robson for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, set up to help the early treatment and detection of cancer.

The foundation was chosen in tribute to an ex-colleague of DC Evans.

DC Evans said: “The Toon-to-Town challenge was really tough.

“I cycled a total of 403 miles over five days, including one 11-hour day over the Peak District.

“It was tough, and I was alone with no support, other than the panniers strapped to my bike.

“It was all worth it though, having raised all this money for an extremely worth while cause.

“I want to thank all my friends, colleagues and everyone who bought a raffle ticket, sponsored me and supported me with my challenge over the last few months.”