Cyclists at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Fundraising cyclists arrive in Sunderland

Published:  17 June, 2013

A group of cyclists have raised £40,000 for a charity after pedalling 380 miles across the UK and Ireland, in an event sponsored by the Grafton Group.

The 30 cyclists travelled from Blanchardstown in Dublin and were joined by six riders on the Scottish leg to complete the journey to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, raising money for the Sunderland Association Football Club’s official charity the Foundation of Light.

Led by Foundation of Light development director Ken Teears, and group chief executive Gavin Slark of Grafton Group, the cyclists travelled 380 miles across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England in just five days.

Proceeds from the event - which was also sponsored by Carlton Group, Cycle World (Sunderland), Dunelm Glass, Giant UK, Reds and in association with UKTI - are now expected to total £40,000, more than double that raised in the inaugural Dublin to Sunderland Challenge in 2012.

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