Brother’s coast to coast pledge

Young carers family support worker Steve Plant pictured with fundraising cyclist Stephen Banyer(right).

Young carers family support worker Steve Plant pictured with fundraising cyclist Stephen Banyer(right).

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A PAIR of kindhearted twin brothers are taking part in a coast to coast cycle challenge in aid of devoted Hartlepool carers who have helped care for their mum.

Twins Stephen and Neville Banyer, 30, aim to complete the 152-mile route from Hartlepool to Liverpool within three days in a bid to raise vital funds for Hartlepool Carers’ Volunteer Service.

The pair - who hope to raise £1,000 from their charity challenge - are due to set off from Hartlepool tomorrow, June 27 at 8am and aim to cover the route and arrive in Liverpool by 4pm on Saturday, June 29.

Their mum Linda Palma, 64, suffers with severe osteo-arthritis, a condition that affects the joints, and has been housebound for the past 10 years but has carers round two days a week.

Stephen and his family also help look after their mum and the brothers, who are both keen cyclists, decided to give something back to the carers.

Stephen, who lives in Hartlepool and is food and beverage manager at the Best Western Grand Hotel, said: “We are both really looking forward to the challenge and we are raising money for such a great cause.

“Hartlepool Carers have done a fantastic job helping us to care for my mum and we just wanted to help out.

“We are hoping to cycle 62 miles on the first day, 40 on the second and 67 miles on the final day.”

Stephen is married to Stephanie, 24, a pub manager and the pair have a one-year-old son Alfie.

Neville lives in Salford but came back home to Hartlepool to start the gruelling challenge, meanwhile their other brother David, 28, lives in Manchester and he also helps care for his mum when he is home.

There are around 1,200 adult carers and over 90 young carers registered with Hartlepool Carers.

But it is estimated that there are currently more than 10,000 people in town selflessly caring, which often affects their own health and wellbeing.

Claire Jewson, volunteer co-ordinator, said: “We are really pleased that the brothers wanted to help raise money for Hartlepool Carers.

“We are very grateful for their help and support.”

To sponsor the fundraising duo either log on to the Hartlepool Carers website at www.hartlepoolcarers.org.uk or pop into the office in Lowthian Road and donations can also be sent into Radio Hartlepool or the Best Western Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street.

For more information about the work Hartlepool Carers do call (01429) 283095.