Couple saddle up for charity challenge close to their heart

Whitley Bays Karen and Steve Nelson road for charity raising �2,000 for Bright Red, which helps people with blood cancer. Picture by Simon Williams.
Whitley Bays Karen and Steve Nelson road for charity raising �2,000 for Bright Red, which helps people with blood cancer. Picture by Simon Williams.

A Whitley Bay couple saddled up for a charity challenge to raise funds for an organisation close to their heart.

Karen and Steve Nelson, directors of Newcastle-based IT firm Calibre Secured Network Solutions, pedalled from Seahouses to The Bike Hub on the Quayside in Heaton, for a charity that helps people with blood cancer.

They raised more than £2,000 for Bright Red’s sponsored cycle ride, ‘Ride for Red’.

Calibre sponsored ten places on the ride and commissioned a commemorative jersey for the event, which they were supporting in memory of Steve’s father, who died from leukaemia in 2011.

Friends from their local cycling club, North Tyneside Riders (NTR), joined them on the coastal 53-mile ride.

Ride for Red, which marked its six-year anniversary, raises funds and provides voluntary support for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma sufferers and those with myelodysplasia and myeloproliferative diseases.

Karen said although it was a tough ride it was an amazing experience to cycle with the support of a team who were passionate about Bright Red’s cause.

She said: “We’re passionate about promoting a healthy workforce and this opportunity to be involved ticked all the right boxes.

“We had no hesitation in saying we would enter the challenge and are pleased that we’ve been able to support such a worthy cause. We’re hoping to make it an annual contribution, selecting additional them members each year.”

Bright Red’s Ashley Elliott, charity manager, said: “With the generous support of Calibre and others we are able to provide much needed services and help for those across the north east suffering from blood diseases. So it’s a big thank you to Karen and Steve for their efforts.”

Those who made the Calibre team were Karen and Steve Nelson, Mark Ord, Nicky Hudson, John Preston, Jason Allen, Murray McCheyne, Karl Faetz, Carl Bramber and Phil Robinson.