The Rotary Club of Washington provided the village of Washington, Tyne and Wear, with a Sunday morning gathering of cyclists who set off on a fund raising charity cycle ride. From the Washington Arms pub they rode to the Stadium of Light, home to Premier League Sunderland AFC, then back to the pub for refreshments. Entrants came from all over the area to help raise money for the soldiers charity, ABF and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Rotarians Neil McOnie and Mick Drake spent over a month organizing the event and were delighted with the response. There were 65 young and not so young participants making it a real family affair. Local army cadets in operation kit got up early to act as route marshals and water was kindly donated by the local Costcutters and oranges donated by In-Shops fruiterers. Barclays agreed to a matching sum up to £750 which is expected to be surpassed.
Club President, Keith Peacock and his family were stationed at the Stadium of Light car park with their gazebo, along with the recovery van where the cyclists could rest and fortify themselves by watering and devouring oranges, ready for the return ride to the Washington Arms. Keith said: “It was a great day out and we hope to make it an annual event.”