HOMELESS people in Furness have been given a 'wheely' good boost after a sponsored bike ride raised £700 for a local support group.

Members of North West Leaving Care completed the ride around Grizedale Forest - on the very day some of the country's top riders were battling it out in the Tour of Britain.

NWLC support 16-to-18 year-olds from various backgrounds who have come through the care system.

The group helps them to prepare for full independence once they reach their 18th birthday with support on site 24 hours a day.

Two youngsters were among the six riders, which also included Barrow NWLC manager Sean Ryder, director Tim Stephenson, area manager Luke Harris and support worker Keith Holmes.

The money for the Furness Homeless Support Group was raised largely through sponsorship and a very generous donation from the outgoing Mayor of Barrow, Tony Callister.

A cheque has now been handed to the support group by Mayor Bill McEwan and members of North West Leaving Care.

Pat Chapples, manager of the group said: “Any type of fundraising takes time and a lot of effort to plan to put into action. A big thank you must be said to everyone who played a part in this fundraising pursuit.

“Thanks also to North West Leaving Care for their continued support."