Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 16.19.09Intrepid sportsmen and women from Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham will be taking part in a major challenge to raise funds for a children’s heart unit.

Twelve team members are attempting to cycle 200 miles in just 24 hours to raise money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds Congenital Heart Unit.

The gruelling challenge will take in some of the toughest terrains in Yorkshire, including the Stang, Fleet Moss and Buttertubs Pass as well as sections from this year’s Tour de Yorkshire which will amalgamate to over and 15,000 feet of climbing.

The Rockliffe Hall ‘riders’ have taken up the challenge- on Sunday July 26th– in memory of a team member’s nephew who tragically passed away at just five weeks old after being born with a heart condition.

All of the money raised will be used to secure additional equipment for the heart unit at the specialist centre in Leeds.

Staff from a variety of departments at Rockliffe Hall will be taking part and have started training including executive chef, Richard Allen, and chief executive, Eamonn Elliott.

Eamonn said: “It’s such a vital cause that we’re cycling for so we are aiming to raise at least £5,000. The route is a real test of stamina and to attempt it in just twenty four hours will require incredible endurance. But we’re training hard and we’re confident we will complete the challenge for this amazing charity.”

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