Staff members and friends of Durham Trinity School and Sports College are breaking out their lycra and helmets to raise money for outdoor learning equipment.

The volunteers will be taking on the famous ‘Coast to Coast’ cycling challenge, which stretches from Workington to Sunderland, between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 May.

Six cyclists will be tackling the 150 mile journey, and will be covering their own expenses over the course of three days of pedal-powered endurance.

Margaret Whellans, Durham County Council’s corporate director for children and young people’s services, said: “It’s always wonderful to see people taking part in such selfless acts to help better children’s education.

“On behalf of the whole education team here at Durham County Council, I wish them the very best of luck.”

The six volunteers who’ll be taking part in the expedition are:

  • Rachel Grimwood, headteacher.
  • Alison Jefferson, school business manager.
  • Julie Stubbs, teacher.
  • Martin Day, friend of the school.
  • Natasha Hendy-Heslop, friend of the school.
  • Colin Bain, friend of the school.

Alison Jefferson, Durham Trinity School’s business manager, added: “As the day gets closer I think there’s a sense of anticipation amongst the volunteers, we can’t wait to get started.

“We know it will be tough, and there’ll be some hard times over the three days, but hopefully the knowledge that we’re raising money for such a good cause, and such amazing children, will keep us putting one pedal in front of the other.”

All fund raising is being done through the Friends of Durham Trinity School.

For information on how to donate, call Alison Jefferson on 0191 386 4612, or e-mail