Every year, friends and colleagues of Mick Clark from Alnwick come together to fundraise for our Foundation in his memory and their annual cycle rides have now raised over £50,000.

This year’s ride in memory of Mick Clark

Mick worked for Northumbrian Water for more than 20 years and died from cancer 10 years ago aged just 46.

To show their appreciation for the group’s fantastic efforts, this year’s ride was officially started by Mick’s daughter, Chelsea, and by Lady Elsie.

Chelsea, from Newcastle, says: “Dad’s colleagues are so dedicated to helping keep his memory alive. 10 years is a long time yet every year they get in touch to say they’re going to do another ride for him.

“It’s really touching for me, my sister and my mam. Obviously, we all loved my dad but the lads at work seem to have loved him just as much.

“It’s a bit overwhelming but in a good way. And it’s amazing to know dad’s memory has inspired all this fundraising for Sir Bobby’s Foundation and is helping other people going through the same thing he did. I’ve got my own bike now, so maybe next year I’ll have to join them.”

Chelsea Clark and Lady Elsie

This year’s 50mile circular ride began from Northumbrian Water’s Leat House in Washington and included a quick stop at Sir Bobby’s statue at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Lady Elsie says: “It was an honour to help Chelsea officially start this year’s ride in memory of her dad and I’m extremely grateful to all the cyclists and everyone who supports them.

“I never had the pleasure to meet Mick but from everything I’ve heard, I’m sure he would be very proud of his colleagues. They’re a very dedicated bunch.”

Graeme Telford with Mick Clark

Graeme Telford, who lives in Washington, organised the ride and knew Mick for 18 years.

Graeme adds: “I’m extremely proud to continue to support this charity, it’s such a worthy cause and close to our hearts.

“There’s not a day goes by when Mick’s name isn’t mentioned at work. This is our way to do something positive for other people with cancer and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was chosen by Mick’s wife, Linda. We all think he would approve.”