Teenager’s ride across country

Coast-to-coast cyclist Johnjames Rhodes
Coast-to-coast cyclist Johnjames Rhodes

A TEENAGER is preparing to tackle a coast-to-coast bike ride in aid of three charities.

Johnjames Rhodes is hoping to raise £1,000 and split the cash between Hartlepool & District Hospice, the Butterwick Children’s Hospice and Homeless Heroes.

The 17-year-old, of West View Road, Hartlepool, was spurred on to take the Whitehaven to Sunderland challenge following the death of a close relative and the fact that he is signing up for the Army in October.

Johnjames, who currently works as a facilities assistant at Tilly, Bailey and Irvine solicitors, in York Road, said: “I’m really excited to do the coast-to-coast. It will be a real challenge, but at the same time raising money for three brilliant charities.

“They do excellent work and I just wanted to give something back. It stemmed from when a relative died and the fact I’m going in the Army in October, so these three charities mean something to me and my family.”

He added: “I’m hoping to raise £1,000 of more and then split it between the three so I’d be really grateful of any sponsorship.”

Johnjames will take the 130-mile challenge with a pal on Saturday, August 27, and hope to complete it by the end of the following day.

Hartlepool & District Hospice helps and supports people affected by a life limiting illness or the death of a loved one, the Butterwick Children’s Hospice which helps ill children, and Homeless Heroes which provides help and accommodation to Homeless British veterans throughout the North-East.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Johnjames can do so by calling him on 074290 62720.