Meet inspirational Lewin Tubuna

9 year old Lewin Tubuna is in training to cycle coast to coast in just three days to raise money for Alice House Hospice patients.

Lewin was inspired by family friend Lee Dodgson who has undertaken a number of challenges for the local charity, most notably his run from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2017. Lee said, after that event that he wanted to ‘pass the baton’ to someone else who might follow in his footsteps and Lewin is doing just that.

Along with his dad Suli and a support team of volunteers including Lee, Lewin will embark on the 150 mile round trip on 22 August and will return home on his 10th birthday on the 24th.

Lewin and his family have already held a fundraising evening in support of the project: The Hospice Hoedown was on 6 July at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club and included pie and peas, raffles, stand-up bingo and live music from local favourites Pek & Wanley. The event raised a fantastic £923.

As a pupil of Barnard Grove Primary School, Lewin has been supported by his classmates and teachers who helped him raise £246 with a ‘wear purple’ day in line with the familiar colours of Alice House. Lewin spoke in a special full school assembly on the day, talking about his plans and answering questions from other staff and pupils. The school are also holding a competition to design a logo for the event.

Greg Hildreth, a Fundraiser at Alice House said “Lewin is a great example to other young people. He’s had great support from friends, family and the wider community. We have seen a great response from businesses too who have come forward to sponsor Lewin. I’d like to thank Lewin and everyone who has sponsored, donated or helped in any way. Finally, I’d like to wish him and his team all the very best with the bike ride.”

The following businesses have all pledged their support to Lewin:

Ryan’s Fruit & Veg, Crossfit Hartlepool, Appleby Carpets, Jazz Personnel, AMA Business Services Ltd,
Ian Bond Brick & Stonework, Robson Builders, Adam Marshall Personal Trainer, Andrew Thompson Decorating, Hydrochem Group, No Love Lost Collective, Guardian Windows, Pools Resprays, Seymour Civil Engineering, CATS Terminal, Boots

If you or your business or employer would like to get involved please contact Greg on 01429 855529  or

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