Cycle challenge a hit

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).

TWIN brothers have successfully completed a 152-mile cycyle challenge in aid of carers who help look after their mum.

Brothers Stephen and Neville Banyer, 30, completed the route from Hartlepool to Liverpool within three days and helped raise hundreds of pounds for Hartlepool Carers’ Volunteer Service.

Money is still coming in but overall the pair hope to raise around £1,000 from their charity challenge.

Stephen and Neville - who had to put up with aching limbs and severe midgee bites along the way - set off last Thursday and arrived in Liverpool just after 6pm on Saturday.

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.

The pair, who are both keen cyclists and hope to make it an annual event, decided to give something back to the carers that support their mum.

Stephen, who lives in Hartlepool and is food and beverage manager at the Best Western Grand Hotel, said: “We both felt very proud at the end of the challenge.

“It was tough but really worthwhile,” added Stephen who is married to Stephanie, 24, a pub manager and the pair have a one-year-old son Alfie.

Neville lives in Salford.near Manchester.

To sponsor them log on to www.hartlepoolcarers.org.uk or pop into the Lowthian Road office.