Hartlepool mates’ pedal power raises thousands for town causes

From left: Billy Loyd, Lee Douglas, Carl Monsen, Gary Roberts, Dwane Douglas and van driver Brian Minton on their return from Dunbar.
From left: Billy Loyd, Lee Douglas, Carl Monsen, Gary Roberts, Dwane Douglas and van driver Brian Minton on their return from Dunbar.

A bunch of mates raised more than £7,000 for a host of Hartlepool causes after getting on their bikes.

The lads, who are all members of the South Durham Social Club, in Westbourne Road, successfully cycled 155 miles from Dunbar in Scotland to Hartlepool over the course of a Bank Holiday weekend.

The South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool.  Picture by FRANK REID

The South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID

Some of the money raised will go to a little Hartlepool boy who was in a terrible car crash in France last year.

The saddle-sore lads rode home to a heroes’ welcome at the club, also known as the Steelworkers, where family and friends threw a family fun day.

They well and truly smashed their original target of £4,000, prompting them to help more worthy Hartlepool causes.

One of the riders, Dwane Douglas, said: “The first day of the ride was gruesome because it was all uphill for 40-odd miles.

“The second day was alright, and on the third we flew because we were on our way home.

“We actually did nearly 170 miles as we got lost a few times!

“We were all feeling it by the end but were all excited to get home and glad we had done it and come through it OK.”

Dwane was joined on the epic challenge by Carl Monsen, Billy Lloyd, Lee Douglas and Gary Roberts.

Brian Minton provided back up by driving a support van.

Of the money raised, £2,400 will be given to Kyle Crompton who was in a car crash that tragically claimed the lives of his dad John Crompton, 31, and siblings Morgan Lund, nine, and daughter Evie-Lily Crompton, four.

John was a much-liked member of the Steelworkers club.

The cycle money brings the total the club has raised as a whole for Kyle to around £7,000, from numerous charity activities organised by the club’s snooker players.

Macmillan Cancer Support is to receive £2,500 of the cycle sponsorship.

Dwane added: “We didn’t realise we would make as much as we did, so we are going to donate £1,000 to the hospice and £1,100 to the cancer unit at Hartlepool hospital.”

Dwane thanked Robbie Pattison for laying on a barbecue at the fun day.

More money was raised on the night when singer Ashley Tweddle performed.

He also praised sponsors Monsen builders, Niramax, TIA Haulage, CBL Cables, Joe’s Skips and the Douglas Hotel.