Pedal power helps to raise thousands for local charity

Wooler Wheel Borderlands which attracted over 700 riders with all profits going to Cash for Kids
Wooler Wheel Borderlands which attracted over 700 riders with all profits going to Cash for Kids

Almost 700 riders from all over Britain took to the roads of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders on Saturday and helped raise thousands of pounds for local children.

The Wooler Wheel Borderlands saw riders tackle routes of 60, 100 and 170km, with the longest ride crossing the border and taking in some of the iconic scenery of the Scottish Borders.

The event, in aid of Radio Borders Cash for Kids, also included the first British Cycling-affiliated junior sportive, over a 30km route.

Beth Mills of Wooler Cycle Hub said: “It was a fantastic day in terms of the weather and the response we have had from riders has been overwhelming.

“They loved the routes, and had a great deal of praise for the organisation of the event, and in particular the friendliness of all involved, from marshals to those who volunteered to run the feed and water stations.”

Beth added: “All the profits from the event will go to Radio Borders Cash for Kids, which helps disadvantaged children across the Borders and north Northumberland, and we are delighted to have been able to raise so much for them.”

The organisers are extremely grateful for the support of John Swan Ltd, Doddington Dairy, Northumberland National Park as well as the pubs, shops and halls who opened as feed and water stations and all the volunteers who helped out on the day.

Candy Rafferty, Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager, said: “We are so grateful to everyone involved with the success of the Borderlands.

“Normally, entry fees for charitable sporting events like these, go to the events company who organise it.

“In this case, Wooler Cycle Hub is donating all proceeds to Radio Borders Cash for Kids.

“It’s hard to believe, but one in eight children in the transmission area of the radio station is living in poverty. In certain hotspots, including several in north Northumberland, this figure rises to one in four.