Friends’ cycle challenge for hospital unit

A group of friends from Ashington have got on their bikes to raise more than £2,000 for babies who need a little extra care.

Graeme Davison and six friends cycled the 140-mile Coast to Coast route in two days, instead of the usual three, for Wansbeck General Hospital’s special care baby unit.

Graeme, from Ashington, said: “We do a fair bit of cycling to mainly keep fit and it is something we really enjoy.

“As we have become fitter we have been setting ourselves challenges and one that was on our ‘bucket list’ was the Coast to Coast cycle ride.

“However, we decided to make it more challenging by completing it in two days and also to do it for charity.”

They chose the special care baby unit as Graeme works for BOC Homecare, which supplies medical oxygen to people at home, often including premature babies, who also supplied transport and match funded the amount, bringing the final total for the unit to £2,440.

Joan Oliver, ward manager of the special care baby unit, said: “We would like to congratulate Graeme and his friends for completing their challenge and thank them for their generous donation to our unit.”