A former editor has helped to raise almost £29,000 for charity after taking part in a coast-to-coast cycling challenge.
The participants cycled 130 miles from Whitehaven to Sunderland in aid of the Red Sky Foundation, which aims to buy the £70,000 portable X-ray machine for the neonatal intensive care ward.
The charity was founded in 2016 by Sergio and Emma Petrucci, whose baby daughter Luna received life-saving open-heart surgery at the Freeman Hospital’s children’s heart unit, in Newcastle.
Rob, pictured above during the challenge, told the Echo: “Despite some tricky weather, the ride went really well.
“The planning was meticulous and the back-up team did a great job to keep us safe.
“Seeing as it was the first time Sergio has arranged such a cycle challenge, he did amazingly well.
“Although it was tough, the ride was great fun.”