Youth scheme supported by cycling event

Hundreds of riders took part in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands, the first of three sportive events organised by Wooler Cycle Hub for 2015.
Hundreds of riders took part in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands, the first of three sportive events organised by Wooler Cycle Hub for 2015.

Wooler Cycle Hub has donated £500 to Wooler Young Peoples’ Association (Wooler Drop-In) to enable the youth group to run the renowned Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

The Drop-In will now be able to open its doors for an extra day a week to allow local young people to participate in the awards programme, which has been in existence for more than 50 years.

Currently, there are few centres in the whole of north Northumberland where this is available to young people.

A Drop-In spokesman said: “Two years ago, Drop-In trustee Mike Allport retraced the steps he took 50 years earlier when he completed a 100-mile wilderness walk to become one of the first recipients of a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

“In doing so, he raised funds to enable us to run the awards programme in Wooler for the first time.

“We are delighted to receive the generous donation of £500 from Wooler Cycle Hub which we will use to buy a new two-year Duke of Edinburgh Awards licence.”

Every year the not-for-profit community enterprise Wooler Cycle Hub donates money to local good causes, raised through the popular Wooler Wheel events.

Beth Mills, from Wooler Cycle Hub, said: “Our routemaster was recently speaking to Mike Allport about encouraging more young people in the area to take up cycling and physical activities in general and he mentioned that Wooler Drop-In was ready to start Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities, but did not have the funds needed for the licence.”

Other donations will be made to Wooler Scouts and the Great North Air Ambulance in the near future.

• The next Wooler Wheel event in the calendar is the newest addition to the programme – the Wooler Wheel Big ‘un, a 130-mile (209km) cross-border cyclo sportive taking place on Saturday. It features an estimated total ascent of 3,200m and a six-mile unrelenting climb up to the maximum altitude of 396m. For more, visit www.woolerwheel.com