Riders aged from 2 to 82 Go Dutch for Barnardo

A group of adventurous Cobalt staff and their families, including riders aged from 2 to 82 departed this Friday 16th September on a ride of a lifetime from Cobalt Park in North Tyneside to Amsterdam, raising thousands to support children’s charity Barnardo’s. The trip is to celebrate 150 years of Barnardo’s – its work supporting vulnerable children and to raise funds so that it can continue to do so.

The 46 mile scenic cycle is fully guided and supported throughout. The ride leaves at 2:30 pm on Friday 16th September from Cobalt Central Bike Hub, pedalling the three miles to North Shields ferry terminal to take the Amsterdam ferry that sails at 5:00 pm.

After a night on the ferry the ride takes in the delights of the Dutch cycle ways and countryside before lunch in Amsterdam and returning to the overnight ferry on Saturday evening, then cycling back to Cobalt for 10:00am on Sunday morning, the 18th September. 

The charity, which has its North Eastern Regional Office based at Cobalt, are also supported as their chosen charity of the year by Cobalt occupier Santander, who are offering match funding to any member of staff taking part in the ride.

Amy Carroll from Cobalt Park says “We’re delighted to be supporting Barnardo’s in its 150th year and that the weather appears to be holding for the riders, it will be a fantastic sight seeing the 30+ riders off on their way to Amsterdam and back.”

Amanda Warrant, Barnardo’s fundraising manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy themselves, see the wonderful city of Amsterdam and help raise vital funds for vulnerable children at the same time. Money raised goes to our work in the local area with children and young people, such as those who live in poverty or who have a disability.
“This is also a really special year for the charity, as it’s our 150th year. We’re really excited by the Go Dutch ride and we’re hoping people will sign up to join in the fun.”

The trip will be an awesome experience for all involved includes: 2 Nights ferry accommodation Fri/Sat; 2 evening meals on ferry (unlimited buffet) Fri/Sat; 2 breakfasts on ferry (Sat/Sun); Fully supported guided ride, support vehicle available if required; Amsterdam bike tour, park picnic (picnic not included).

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