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Wheely Great Effort!

JUST enjoying it!

Juggling Unicycling Stockton-on-Tees (J.U.S.T.) recently held a very impressive event in memory of a dearly-missed colleague.

Robert ‘Mike’ Berriman was a member of J.U.S.T., but sadly passed away from oesophageal cancer. As thanks for the care and support provided by St Teresa’s Hospice and Marie Curie Cancer Care, Mike’s friends and family have been hard at work raising money for the two charities.

A sponsored cycle ride and evening of music event in memory of Mike, organised by his wife Julie and Paul Burns from the Tees Music Alliance, raised the fantastic sum of £2,466 in May.

Now, Mike’s colleagues from the Stockton Unicycle Club have honoured his memory by holding a 24 Hour Unicycle Challenge! Members of the club worked in shifts to complete the endurance event, starting on Saturday 26th July and ending the next day - as a result, the club completed a full 24 hours of unicycling, raising over £1,500!

Julie Berriman said: “When we lost Mike, we lost something of an enigma, a real one-off. Mike loved all sports and would give absolutely anything a go especially if it involved a challenge, especially if it meant being outdoors and getting muddy! From being a small boy he loved playing football and supported Middlesbrough all of his life. He enjoyed kayaking, rock climbing, challenge hikes, cycling when he could rather than consuming fossil fuel, and running. His most recent achievement was that he learned to unicycle and was making good progress in learning to juggle at the same time. Mike was a true enthusiast for all things positive, one who loved life and the joy of learning new skills. His enthusiasm was infectious and we miss his inspiration, his ready smile and his never-give-up attitude.”