A KIND-HEARTED group of young people are to embark on a 180-mile bike ride in aid of charity.
Hartlepool student Shay Miah, 18, and nine of his friends are training for the big bike ride from the town to Dewsbury and back.
The fabulous 10 are undertaking the gruelling task to rake in funds for SKT welfare which is an international charity campaigning for human rights and to help those living in wartorn countries.
Shay, who is studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Avenue, said the charitable team – aged between 18 and 22-years-old – are in training four or five times a week in preparation for the event.
And they are also looking for people to sponsor them so they can raise as much money as possible for the cause.
Shay said: “There are 10 of us doing the bike ride and we’re really looking forward to it.
“We picked this charity because there’s so many fights going on in the world and people are dying in their thousands.
“We want to raise awareness of what is going on and to give this charity as much support as possible.”
Another of the riders Naveed Latif said: “We are a group of youngsters that want to help those in need.
“We don’t have no political stand on the matter.
“We only care about the millions that are in need of aid.
“We want to help reduce the death rate.
“We want to highlight the pain and suffering of millions and persuade people to donate.”
He added: “We chose the cenetap to have our picture taken because we wanted the memorial as a background to highlight the sadness we feel about those who have died because of wars.
“We really hope our efforts make a difference.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor the group can do so by logging onto its website www.justgiving.com/bike-ride-for-syria, or by texting SKTW99 (with the amount) to 70070.