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Staff get on their bikes for charity road race across Tyne & Wear

09 Jun 2015


As part of Stagecoach North East’s recent Green Week initiative, seven members of staff from the local bus operator hit the region’s roads and cycled over 40 miles around Tyne & Wear, to help raise funds in the local community.

Thomas Shoesmith, Stuart Wright, Anthony Youmans, Alan Gordon, Andrew Waller, David Wynn and Liam Dodds, employees at the company’s Walkergate depot, set off at 9am from the bus depot in Newcastle city centre and headed for the bus depot in South Shields. From here, the seven intrepid cyclists rode on to the bus depot in Sunderland, before heading back home to the Walkergate depot for the finishing line.

Despite the gloomy weather and long distances, the team had a ‘wheelie’ good time, taking in some of the region’s most iconic sights, including the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, and made it home around lunchtime.

The magnificent seven hope to raise over £500 for two locals schools in Newcastle - St Albans RC Primary School and its sister school, Walkerdene Primary School, which are both close to the depot in Walkergate.

The charity cycle ride took place as part of the company’s ‘Green Week’ campaign, in which Stagecoach North East delivers a programme of community-based activities with an environmental theme.

For this year’s Green Week, staff at the Walkergate depot worked with eight classes at St Albans’s R.C. Primary School to encourage them to think ‘green’. The classes were provided with an achievement tree and a set of leaves, and when a pupil or the whole class achieved something ‘green, such as switching off lights or saving water, they pinned a leaf to the tree. Seed pot prizes to grow poppies, daisies and sunflowers were also given to pupils who contribute leaves to their tree, and a sports equipment prize for the school.

Bus engineer David Wynn, said: “It was a tough course, especially at 9am on a Sunday morning, but we made good time and really enjoyed ourselves and the support and encouragement from Stagecoach North East colleagues was very much welcomed.”

David Wakefield, Operations Manager for the Walkergate depot, said: “The guys have completed a challenging cycle ride and we all would like to say well done on their achievements. Thanks to their efforts and to those who donated, two schools in the Walkergate community will benefit from a cash boost.”

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In the picture: (L to R) - Andrew Waller, David Wynn and Liam Dodds.