A "wheelie" great way to fundraise!

29 August 2013

Keith and his children

There may be some strange sounds coming from the lanes and alleyways around Ponteland during the next week – a steady, pounding footfall, heavy sighs and wheezing noises accompanied by the rhythmic squeak of a single tyre …

It's all because the self-proclaimed "Bootnecks in Barrows" are in training for an amazing feat of endurance in aid of the Alan Shearer Foundation.

Four former Royal Marines are preparing for a 12 mile trek pushing each other in a wheelbarrow from the Diamond Inn, Ponteland, to St James' Park, Newcastle.

The barmy, barrow boys bright idea was the brainchild of "Action Man" Keith Harbottle, who has set himself a series of challenges this year to raise funds for the Foundation, in the name Action 4 Smiles, including two marathons and the C2C cycle ride from Cumbria to Tyneside in a day. Keith's children and their friends have been helping by acting as ballast during the preparations for his latest stunt …

Keith and his band of three, Ned the Cockney Rebel, Mick the Iron Man and Jay the Geordie Stuntman, will start their challenge at the Diamond at 11am on Saturday 7 September when everyone is invited to buy a cake for charity and give the boys a rousing send off.

To support the ex-marine's exploits visit his BT My Donate page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/action4smiles1.