Friends saddle up to help raise funds for air ambulance

A group of friends and drinkers got on their bikes for a marathon challenge for a lifesaving organisation.

A total of 17 cyclists swapped pints for pedals to raise more than £5,700 for local charity the Great North Air Ambulance.

The team of men and women, who frequent The Delaval Arms pub in Seaton Sluice, decided to leave the bar behind for a weekend to take on the marathon Hadrian’s Cycle Challenge.

The fundraisers cycled 180 miles from Ravensglass in Cumbria to Seaton Sluice.

And fundraising from the team – who called themselves the Seaton Sluice Backpedlars – has reached a total of £5,732 in sponsorship from friends, families and local businesses.

Following their success, the group are already planning next year’s challenge.

Dave Gaiger, who organised the team, said: “We are so pleased that our fundraising effort has raised such a significant amount for a charity which is completely funded by voluntary contributions.

“There is a real sense of camaraderie at The Delaval Arms and we really wanted to put it to good use by completing a charity challenge. We’re planning next year’s already.”