Saddling up for gruelling fund-raising bike ride

Mark Bridgeman
Mark Bridgeman

The owner of an iconic Northumberland stately home is gearing up to tackle a 1,000-mile bike ride in aid of two charities.

Mark Bridgeman, 45, of Fallodon Hall, near Christon Bank, is aiming to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 10 days, starting on Thursday, May 15.

He is tackling the challenge with university friends and is doing it in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Mark said: “It will be tough, but I wanted to be able to help support these two local charities. The hospice was a great support to my family last year and I also know some of people who have been saved by the air ambulance.”

Training only started six months ago and has included cycling along the Tour de France route in the Yorkshire Dales in February, which involved 8,700 feet of climbs up into the snow and ice.

HospiceCare needs to find around £330,000 every year and only receives 12 per cent from the NHS; the rest has to be found through fund-raising. The GNAAS needs to generate £4million every year.

Mark added: “Both charities only exist with the support of donations and fund-raising.

“My target is to raise a total of £10,000 and while I have already raised over £3,000 for the Hospice and nearly £2,000 for the air ambulance in sponsorship, I’m looking for as much support as possible.”

To sponsor Mark, visit my or ers/markbridgemanairam bulance

○ Fallodon Hall is holding its annual Red Cross Open Gardens event on June 28 and 29. Money raised from afternoon teas donated to HospiceCare.