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Carlisle couple’s 24-hour bikeathon to raise cash for the NSPCC

Sandra and Mark Jones

[A] couple are to take on a 24-hour bikeathon challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC – with one dressed as Spiderman.

Sandra and Mark Jones will take turns to keep the wheels of a static exercise bike turning for 24 hours, from noon on Friday, April 6. Mark intends to complete the challenge wearing a Spiderman outfit.

The couple, who live in Carlisle, are taking on this feat as part of their effort to raise sponsorship for a week-long trek of the Great Wall of China in October.

All the money raised will go to help the NSPCC protect more children from abuse and neglect.

Last year the NSPCC helpline responded to 80 calls and emails from Cumbria for advice about keeping children safe, and 276 referrals were made from the helpline to local agencies such as the police and children’s services.

Sandra and Mark Jones

Sandra, who is also the NSPCC’s fundraising manager for Cumbria, said: “This event will not only help us in our fundraising bid but also in our training regime for the big trek.

“It has forced me to get up in the mornings and go to the gym, since the beginning of January. It’s good to have short-term goals to motivate yourself. Although I have the easy challenge – I won’t be taking on the bikeathon in a Spiderman outfit!”

The couple will set up the exercise bike, which has been donated for the event by Carlisle gym Snap Fitness 24/7, outside the Shabby Scholar and Dutch Uncle that are also supporting the event.

Sandra added: “We would love people to come down and support us and they can enjoy some lovely homemade food in the Shabby Scholar. There will also be a raffle and prizes.”

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