POLICE in Wallsend helped a charity bike ride get off to a good start.
Officers from the neighbourhood policing team were on hand to support people who took part in the Waggonways Fun Day.
Community support officers Tim Slaney and Carl Brydon escorted families with a mixed ability group during the seven-mile event from Cobalt Country Park to Royal Quays.
Scores of families joined in the event to raise cash for the Chris Lucas Trust, based in Wallsend, which aims to beat children’s cancer rhabdomyosarcoma, a tumour which affects muscles.
CSO Slaney said: “Although we had a foggy start to the day, the sun broke through and everyone enjoyed the event.
“Officers from the neighbourhood team enjoy meeting people and helping community initiatives.
“This charity event not only brings people together but helps to raise funds for a good cause.”
Lynn Lucas, from the trust, said: “We had 136 people who took part in the family cycle event.
“Everyone had a great day and t-shirts and medals were handed out to all who took part and all children received certificates.
“The CSO’s were a great support throughout the event and afterwards we all enjoyed music from Tynemouth Steel Band.
“We had a support grant this year from North Tyneside Council, which helped, and it is now to be a annual event.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported us and want to encourage people to sign up for our next event, the Great North Bike Ride, on Sunday, August 26.”
Visit www.greatnorthbikeride.com or www.chrislucastrust.com for further information.