Cyclists raise £2,000 for Hartlepool’s homeless on 140-mile trek

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A squad of cyclists have raised vital funds to support homeless people in Hartlepool.

Five staff from Northgate Public Services have raised £2,025 by cycling 140 miles.

It has been an exhilarating, if tough three days, but all of us completed the ride and we are delighted to have raised so much for such a good cause

David Coulson, client services director at Northgate Public Services

They did it by travelling coast to coast from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, to Tynemouth.

The team from the NPS Hartlepool office, in Lynn Street, dipped their bikes in the sea at the traditional start of the gruelling race, which took three days to complete last month.

The aim of the NPS staff was to raise funds in aid of local organisation called Community Campus 87.

Community Campus is a cause which supports homeless people in the Hartlepool area. It helps them with housing and support services, training and personal development and construction services.

David Coulson, who is the client services director at NPS, was one of the five cyclists tackling the ride.

He said: “It has been an exhilarating, if tough three days, but all of us completed the ride and we are delighted to have raised so much for such a good cause.

“This year Northgate Public Services has chosen to support homelessness as part of its Communities Matter scheme in support of worthy causes, and I am glad our team from NPS has been able to contribute to improving the lives of the many people who are homeless in the Hartlepool area.”

Community Campus chief executive Carl Ditchburn said the cause relies heavily on fundraising.

He said the project was extremely pleased that Northgate Public Services had chosen their organisation to fundraise for.

Bosses at Community Campus say they go the extra mile to ensure that homeless people in the region get the support that they need to make positive steps to live and work independently.

It encourages involvement from businesses and individuals.