Results tagged “fundraising” from Northumberland communities - Hexham

Firefighters are to take part in a charity bike ride.

Officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service will tour the county this bank holiday weekend on a cycle challenge.

The event - in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity and Help For Heroes - will see the firefighters tackle a 230-mile route that takes in all the fire stations in the county.

Company owner takes on Seven Summit challenge

Posted by The Journal on Feb 24, 10 11:41 AM in News

Fruit and veg magnate John Holland is swapping five-a-day for the dizzy heights of the tallest peaks in the seven continents of the world.

The 49-year-old, who lives near Hexham, set himself the gruelling task of completing the Seven Summit Challenge, which fewer than 30 Britons have ever achieved due to the lack of accessibility and serious health threats.

John Holland

John, owner of the JR Holland family of fresh produce businesses in the region, has already conquered Russia's Mount Elbrus (pictured below right), the highest peak in Europe, and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa (pictured bottom).

Cheques for £6,700 each have been presented to two North East charities following a fundraising evening on Tyneside which raised almost £14,000.

The money has gone to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Tynedale Community Hospice thanks to the efforts of Hexham-based accountant Patricia Arnold.

She organised the event, held in September at Sage Gateshead, which featured performances by some of the country's leading opera stars.

A grandmother who survived breast cancer is organising an event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Isobel Johnson, 74, of Hexham, was diagnosed with the disease in 2001 and underwent a mastectomy, but has made a full recovery. The event at the town's Queen Elizabeth High School at 7.30pm on October 14 will include a talk by Dr Ian Hardcastle, from the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University.

There will be entertainment, and a raffle. Tickets cost £7, available from Mrs Johnson on (01434) 602134 or Carol Bennett on 07899 968336.

Gruelling army race raises funds for Forces

Posted by The Journal on Sep 24, 09 09:48 AM in News

Laden down with 35lb rucksacks and facing knee-deep water, four Northumbrians took part in a gruelling army race to help the Forces' good causes.

Dave Anderson, Martyn Barnes, Andrew Bewick and Mark Seymour took on the Paras 10 endurance race, raising money for The Airborne Forces and Help for Heroes fund.

Left to right: Dave Anderson, Martyn Barnes, Andrew Bewick and Mark Seymour

Left to right: Dave Anderson, Martyn Barnes, Andrew Bewick and Mark Seymour

But they certainly earned the money, taking on deep water in their heavy military boots and running up some killer hills that literally brought them to their knees.

Andrew Bewick, assistant manager at Wentworth Leisure Centre said: "The race was really challenging, but all the team did really well, with two of us finishing in one hour 53 minutes and the other two in two hours and three minutes - well within the three hours time limit".

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