Park help Mick raise funds for a ‘wheely’ good cause

As assistant branch manager at our Sunderland branch, my colleagues know that I am always up for a challenge, especially one that can help support a good cause.

As a branch we have raised funds for a number of Wearside-based charities over the years, such as the neonatal unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital through our cycle tours. Cycling is a great passion of mine and it is always fun to get a group together whether this is work colleagues or friends and enjoy the great outdoors!

In February I was diagnosed with a brain tumour but that did not deter my plans to carry out a coast-to-castle cycle ride from Kelso to Tynemouth. In fact, it gave me a clear focus as I knew the year ahead will consist of six weeks of radiotherapy followed by 12 months of chemotherapy.

Joined by family, friends and my colleagues Glen Charman, Barry Philiskirk, Tony Gutcher and Arron Gutcher we completed the scenic route in two days. We raised £2500 which will go towards brain tumour research and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who took part and donated to the charity.

We began the cycle in Kelso and finished it in Tynemouth with an overnight stay in Seahouses.  I was able to cycle 15 miles the first day and 10 miles on the second day. I had to take my time as I began to feel dizzy but it was great fun and the views coming into Northumberland are always spectacular. A big thanks must go to my colleagues at Sunderland who took part…despite no training!