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Daring, Caring Supporters Raise £6k For Young Carers
A team of 12 charity fundraisers has completed the Coast to Coast cycle ride to help young carers across Greater Manchester, aged from just 5 years old, to have a much needed break from their caring duties.
Local charity, Crossroads Together organised the event, the latest in their ‘Dare to Care’ series of fundraising challenges. Lined up for the start with their back wheels in the Irish Sea at Whitehaven, the team then pedalled through the Lake District to a stopover in Penrith. On day two they climbed 6000 ft in adverse weather conditions, turning a difficult assent into a grueling one. A break at Hartside Top café, the highest cafe in England, gave the cyclists a welcome opportunity to wring out their socks! The final day was, in comparison, a breeze and after just one team member suffering a flat tyre eight miles from the end; they all safely made it onto the beach at Tynemouth, dipping their front wheel into the North Sea to mark the finish.
The ride was led by the charity’s Chief Executive Paul Parlby. He said:
“This was a difficult challenge in itself but given the weather conditions on day 2 become very challenging for all the riders. Some of the climbs along the 150 mile route felt like tarmac walls and an eternity to complete but everyone was up for getting through it. We had a very mixed team in terms of cycling experience and the cycles used but no one had done anything like this before. The bonus is that the route takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in England which will stay with you forever”.
The event was the latest in the charity’s ‘Dare to Care’ series of fundraising challenges. Previous events have seen supporters complete the Manchester 10k run, Manchester Half Marathon and conquer the Welsh Three Peaks. Paul continued:
“So far this year we have raised over £6000 to support young carers. Young carers are children who do not have ‘normal’ childhoods and we want to give them the opportunity to have some fun and spend time with other children of a similar age. As a charity we can organise special events for them and we have trained staff who can step in and take over their caring duties whilst they get a proper break from caring for their family member.”