College Tutors Cycle in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Nine tutors from Lillyhall’s Lakes College participated in a charity Coast to Coast challenge during the bank holiday weekend, and are on track to raise over £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.  The team, who work in the college’s Construction department, rode their bikes along the Hadrian’s Cycleway route in two days, totalling 130 miles.

They cycled 60 miles on Saturday 30th April from Silloth to Gilsland, and a further 69 miles on Sunday 1st May, finishing the course at South Shields.  The group chose to support Macmillan as it is a cause close to their hearts, with each having had the charity help members of their families who have suffered from cancer.

Steve Wilkinson, Joinery Tutor at Lakes College, organised the sponsored cycle following a discussion in the office. He comments: “We were having a chat about activities we used to get up to when we were a bit younger and decided we should get together and complete a coast to coast cycle. We then thought that we should give it a purpose and raise money for a good cause. We settled on Macmillan as it’s a great charity and we are on target to raise over £2,000. It was a really challenging weekend but very enjoyable. We had a lot of support from one another and it really was a team effort.”

 Chris Nattress, Principal at Lakes College, added: ”This was a great feat for a fantastic team. It’s always great to hear staff and students working together to help the community, and this is a wonderful achievement. Despite any challenges they experienced en route they supported one another to reach success, which is something that we are proud of at the college and very much encourage.