Cycling fundraiser moving up a gear

Alan Sutheran
Alan Sutheran
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A TIRELESS fundraiser is gearing up for his next adventure.

Alan Sutheran and his siblings have already raised thousands of pounds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of their mum Sheila (right) who died from the condition in 2008 aged 67.

Sheila Sutheran

Sheila Sutheran

After numerous fundraising ventures with his brothers Neil and Ian and sister Lynne Dutton, Alan is now preparing to cycle the breadth of the country. He will be joined by family friend Richie Bland, 49, of Seaton Carew.

This time Alan will give all money raised to Hartlepool & District Hospice where Sheila received expert care during her illness.

Alan, a carer, of Seaton Carew, said: “During mam’s illness she had to make several visits to the hospice for respite care. This involved overnight stay so she could be introduced to new medication regimes.

“The staff were all brilliant and I would like to take this opportunity to give something back.”

Alan and Richie will cycle about 150 miles from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Hartlepool in the Coast to Coast challenge from September 10-12.

Two years ago Alan, 39, completed the Inca Trail at Machu Pichu in Peru and last year completed the Great North Run half marathon.

The dad of three added: “After the loss of my mam, dad supported the hospice with donations until he died 16 months later. I have recently done challenges for the MND Association but I thought it would be a nice idea to do something for the community.

“The hospice is sometimes an overlooked service but I know from experience how important and reassuring it can be.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor Alan and Richie can do so through the website