Brothers pedal for pounds to raise money for charity

Tom and Harry Carr-Ellison who tackled a charity cycle from London to Barcelona.
Tom and Harry Carr-Ellison who tackled a charity cycle from London to Barcelona.

Two brothers have tackled a fund-raising cycling challenge across three countries, in aid of a cancer charity set up in honour of one of their heroes.

Tom and Harry Carr-Ellison, from Powburn, pedalled near to 900 miles from London to Barcelona for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

And the determined pair completed the arduous bike ride in just 11 days – 24 hours ahead of schedule.

The siblings, both supporters of Sir Bobby’s former club Newcastle United, have raised close to £1,500 on their JustGiving account.

They’re hoping their efforts will lead to further donations for the cause.

Tom, 25, said: “It was quite difficult. Certainly one of the challenges was two brothers being together for 11 days but there weren’t too many arguments.

“But the most important thing was to raise money for a very important charity.

“As we are both from the North East, we couldn’t think of a better charity to raise money for.

“Not only that, but Sir Bobby is an inspiration to everyone and anyone from the North East, especially for Newcastle fans.

“He definitely is an inspiration for my brother and me.”

The pair set off on their challenge on Sunday, June 23. They headed to Portsmouth before cycling through France, over the Pyrenees and into Spain.

They finished the cycle at the Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona – another of Sir Bobby’s previous clubs.

“The ground was a great place for us to finish,” said Tom, who works for Agricultural Investments in Buenos Aires. He flew into London 24 hours before setting off on the big trip.

Harry, 21, is reading anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.

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