Tots get on their bikes for charity

TODDLERS in North Shields got on their bikes – and trikes – to raise money for a children’s charity in memory of a friend.

Youngsters at Tynemouth Nursery raised more than £1,400 for the NSPCC in just two hours by pedalling around a fun course at the village’s King’s School.

Other attractions on the day included a bouncy castle, cake stall and auction.

The nursery children held the event in memory of Caoimhe Harris, a classmate of theirs who died earlier this year at the age of two after a sudden illness.

Parents at the nursery wanted to organise a day to celebrate Caoimhe’s and contribute to the tribute fund her parents have set up to raise money for the NSPCC.

Leanne Hodgson, one of the event’s organisers, said: “We were all incredibly moved and touched by the sad loss of Caoimhe. We felt this was the perfect way for all the children and their families to remember such a special little girl.”

Wendy Bates, the charity’s head of fundraising for the north east, said: “We are really grateful to the children and parents at Tynemouth Nursery who have gone all out to raise money for the tribute fund.

“Thanks to them, we will be able to make a lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable children in the north east.”