Staff and supporters of a Durham school will complete an epic bike ride to raise much needed cash.

A team of six cyclists will face a 150-mile challenge to raise money for a new outdoor-activities classroom at Durham Trinity School and Sports College.

All the pupils at the school – in Durham City – have special educational needs. The outdoor classroom and its equipment will support both their learning and the development of their social skills.

The fundraising campaign is being organised by Friends of Durham Trinity School. Among those attempting the 150-mile odyssey will be headteacher Rachel Grimwood, the school business manager Alison Jefferson and the school caretaker David Haywood.

Also taking part will be three members of the Friends – Martin Day, Natasha Heslop-Hendy and Aiden Shepherd.

The ride – from Edinburgh to Tynemouth – will be completed in three stages. On 29th May, the group will set off from Edinburgh and cycle along a 70-mile inland route to Kelso via Innerleithen.

The following day, they will cycle through the Borders and along the coast, finishing their 42-mile journey at Alnmouth.

The day after that, they will pedal along the North Sea Cycle Route to Tynemouth, a journey of 40 miles.

Alison said, “We are really looking forward to the ride, but we are a bit nervous too as it’s quite a challenging route.”

“We have all been training really hard, though, and knowing the difference this equipment makes to the children’s lives will keep us going when things get tough. It is really all the motivation we need.”

If you would like to sponsor the team, please go to

(This article’s featured image shows – from left – team members Aiden Shepherd, Rachel Grimwood, Alison Jefferson, Natasha Heslop-Hendy, David Heywood and Martin Day.)

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