Pedal power brings in £2k for two wheely good causes

Thirty Berwick residents have saddled up at Limitless Studios and raised more than £2,00 for two causes through a charity spin-a-thon event.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 11:00 am
Holly Freebairn, event organiser and trainee audiologist, presenting sponsorship money to Anne Shilton, community support officer at Action on Hearing Loss.

The event was organised by trainee audiologist Holly Freebairn, 22, from Spittal, who was inspired to raise money for Action on Hearing Loss and HospiceCare North Northumberland after seeing first-hand the experiences of her patients living with hearing loss on a day-to-day basis.

A mixture of ages and fitness levels cycled for three hours straight in the gym, raising a grand total of £2,078.

Holly said: “Some friends and I, including my friend Lauren who volunteers for HospiceCare North Northumberland, decided to put on the spin-a-thon as we wanted to give something back to our local community in some way.

“As a trainee audiologist, I work with people living with all different levels, types and causes of hearing loss and I find it very rewarding to be able to support them to hear better. I really admire the work that Action on Hearing Loss is doing in the local community and I’m glad that the event was such a success so the money can be well-spent.”

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Half the funds raised by the group will go towards supporting Action on Hearing Loss’ local hearing aid support service, Hear to Help, which helps residents to get the most out of their hearing aids by offering information and practical support in centres across the community.

Anne Shilton, community support officer for the charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Holly and the whole group of keen cyclists for the dedication and hard work that they have put in to raise these vital funds and the donation was a welcome surprise for us.

“Through running our local service, I have seen how just one small adjustment to a hearing aid, such as changing the tubing, makes a huge difference to a person’s hearing, and therefore quality of life, so this money will be a huge help to support the 65,500 people living with hearing loss in Northumberland.”