Building society staff have taken on a bike ride of local branches to raise funds for a borough youngster.
Leeds Building Society staff from the North Shields branch cycled 56 miles around ten branches in the north east to raise money to help pay for a sensory room for a Howdon two-year-old.
Milo Browne suffers from delayed physical and mental development that has so far baffled medical experts who are unable to give a diagnosis of his condition.
Milo has no head control, suffers from uncoordinated movements and is unable to hold his body weight, which means that it is unlikely that he will ever walk or talk.
Local umbrella charity Angels of the North is sponsoring a fundraising drive under the title of Our Milo, to raise £20,000 to create a bespoke sensory room in Milo’s home to aid his development.
And Leeds Building Society have given their backing to the charity, and raised more than £1,000 during the ride which started in Morpeth and ended in Durham, visiting Blyth, Whitley Bay, North Shields, Silverlink, South Shields, Wallsend, Newcastle and Chester-le-Street en route.
Angels of the North’s honorary chief executive officer, Barbara Connors-Fowler, said: “I have been extremely impressed by the generosity of the society’s customers.
“My fellow trustees are greatly looking forward to the day when little Milo has his sensory room that will really change his life.”
Visit www.ourmilo.co.uk for more details about the charity and how to donate to the cause.