The Humankind Ride for Recovery cyclists rode into Middlesbrough on Saturday to complete their epic, four day journey.
Chief Executive Officer Paul Townsley, who was among the group, said: “The ride has been brilliant, bringing a group of staff together from different services with one aim.
"It’s been great for us all to learn about what is going on at the drug and alcohol services that we have visited along the way. To get to chat with staff and the users of those services.”
He continued: “It’s been a great way to raise funds for users of our services and we’re going out with a real high after four days here at the Recovery Walk in Middlesbrough.”
Will Moyle of North Yorkshire Horizons, said: “All the welcomes we’ve had at all of the hubs have been absolutely fantastic. I’ve always been quite into cycling and when it was suggested we were going to do a charity ride to raise money for our service users, leading up to the recovery walk, I thought it was something that I really wanted to get involved with.
"All of our service users work really hard. They go through really tough experiences in their lives and it’s a privilege to see them achieve things day after day, getting to where they want to be and this is just a small way that we can give back to those service users who achieve great things all the time.”
The cyclists set off at 8am on the final day of the ride to travel 28 miles from Bishop Auckland to Middlesbrough. They detoured to Sapphire House, the Humankind Head Office in Newton Aycliffe, then continued on their way to Teesside.
The team had already visited our services in Halifax, Leeds and Northallerton along the way, after starting out at the Redbank Recovery Accommodation, in Manchester. At each stop en route, the riders enjoyed a celebration event, organised by the local drug and alcohol service.
The final leg of the ride was through Billingham and over Newport Bridge. They arrived at Centre Square, Middlesbrough at 11am to find that in honour of the day the water, in the fountains in the square had been dyed purple.
Despite having cycled a total of 170 miles in four days, the cyclists were all still keen to take part in the Recovery Walk and carried their banner high through the town.
Reflecting on the Bishop Auckland leg, Bob Smith, Project Manager at County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service said: “It was an honour to host this event. It gave us a chance to showcase the progress being made in County Durham, and highlight the hard work from service users, staff and volunteers which is showing definite results in advocating real recovery in individuals. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all those involved success in this, and future ventures.”