Volunteers saddle up in aid of youngsters

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SIX volunteers are gearing up for the bike ride of a lifetime to raise money for a Blyth-based charity which provides breaks for children affected by the aftermath of one of world’s worst nuclear disasters.

Founded in 2007, Chernobyl Orphan Group (COG) provides respite and recuperation to orphans and abandoned children from the Mogilev region of Belarus following the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine in 1986. 
 The charity places the children with loving caring families for one month and, with the help of sponsors and committed charity members, aim to improve the health and well being of the children in its care.

And now volunteers Roly Todd, 34, of Ogle Drive, Blyth, and Wayne Grassie, 29, and Stephen Dixon, 34, both of Norham Close, Blyth, will be taking part in a Coast to Coast challenge to raise money towards the children’s visit to the county this year.

They will be joined by fellow volunteers Kai Humphries, 29, who lives in Edinburgh, his brother Gav Humphries, 32, of Runcorn, and support driver Charles Pallister, 56, of Whithorn Court, Blyth.

Roly said: “I have had a lot of support from my employers who have donated £500 plus the use of a company van as a support vehicle.

“I also took a trip to Belarus in November last year to meet with the children we are trying to help this year and experience first hand a little of what they do every day. It just made me want to do more for them.”

They will set off on Monday, May 13, and will cycle 140 miles from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over three days.

To make a donation visit www.cogamble.org.uk