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Bob steps up a gear at 70 for homeless

Hairy Biker gives support to mammoth cycle ride

bob pk bike

Most people as they approach their 70th birthday would be content to read a good book or tend their garden; but for one person, turning 70 is a good reason to get on their bike to raise money for a charity close to their heart.

In May, Bob Eldridge MBE, Chair of the Trustees at The People’s Kitchen, will be undertaking a charity challenge bike ride cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise much needed funds for the charity.

His efforts will see him leave his Corbridge home to cycle the entire length of mainland Britain covering 1,000 miles and passing through three countries in just 14 days. He’ll be travelling north from Land’s End in order to take advantage of prevailing winds, following the Cornish coast and the wilds of Dartmoor before crossing the River Severn into Hereford. Heading further north he’ll pass through the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria and then cross the border into Scotland. His route will then take him along the shoreline of Loch Ness, passing Inverness and onto John O’Groats.

He’s set himself an ambitious fund raising target of £10,000 which will go towards food, clothing, sleeping bags, shower facilities and programmes to help vulnerable people work towards independent living, combat loneliness and isolation.

“We’ve more than 200 people donating their time for free and we get no government grants. The People’s Kitchen relies solely on charitable donations so helping me to achieve my target will go a long way towards making a real difference to our “friends.”

si bike

One of The People’s Kitchen’s patrons, Hairy Biker Si King wished Bob the best of luck on his epic bike ride

“Good luck Bob, you can do it. I’’ll be thinking of you and your fantastic efforts,” he said.

Bob’s epic ride starts on May 13th. You can donate here:


Pic shows Bob in training

Pic 2 shows Hairy Biker Si King


Fast facts about The People’s Kitchen

  • We provide a unique service for the homeless and vulnerable people of Newcastle
  • We offer high quality and relevant services to maximise positive outcomes for friends.
  • Our friends have open access to our services regardless of their personal circumstances
  • Our services focus on friendship, food and futures. (out of hours)
  • We can also provide basic essentials like clothing, showers and events
  • We are extremely grateful to the 1,100 plus sources that donate to us every year.
  • From large corporates to schools, churches and individuals, every donation matters.
  • Our 200 volunteers deliver a staggering 35000 voluntary hours per year representing a benefit in kind wage saving of £0.5m
  • A small donation goes a long way


The Alison Centre, 56 Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5SQ  (near St James’ Park)

Contact Numbers:

Bob Eldridge – Chair of Trustees 07710 390847

Peter Samuel Trustee – 07802 485926

PR & Media   07814 397951

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