Over £2,800 has been raised by a team of cyclists from law firm Sintons, who took on a cycling challenge in aid of a local young people’s charity.
A five-strong team from Newcastle-based Sintons completed the Coast to Coast route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth earlier this month, cycling 140 miles over three days.
Their efforts have raised £2,871.03 for the If U Care Share Foundation, more than doubling their initial target of £1,200 they set.
The County Durham-based charity promotes and supports emotional well-being in young people, and offers specialist help to those affected by suicide. It was founded by the family of Daniel O’Hare, from Great Lumley, who took his own life aged only 19.
Daniel had never shown any signs of being troubled and had no history of mental health problems, so his mother Shirley, together with brothers Matthew and Ben, and cousin Sarah, founded If U Care Share as a resource for other young people.
The Sintons team – trainee solicitors Andrew Noble, Laura Tennet, Jonathan Tutu and Ria Wilkinson, alongside facilities assistant Simon Anderson – achieved their fundraising total through sponsorship alongside some events held in Sintons, including a dress-down day, bake sale and a strawberries and cream event which coincided with Wimbledon.
Mark Quigley, the managing partner of Sintons, said: “Our team of cyclists – some of whom are novice cyclists who did not even own bikes previously – have done exceptionally well to complete the Coast to Coast challenge and to raise such a significant sum for a very worthy local charity. My congratulations go to them all.”
Shirley Smith, Daniel’s mother and founder and development manager for the charity, said: “We are so grateful for the support from Sintons. Their fundraising efforts will help us to continue to save lives, support communities and prevent suicide across the North East. ”