A LOCAL charity has received a welcome boost following the hard work of three fundraisers.

Sean Schofield, Nathan Redstone and Shaun Stanbury took part in the Bideford Triathlon on October 2 to raise money for the Gilead Foundations Bursary Fund, set up to raise money for people suffering with addiction and unable to afford rehabilitation.

The fund has been set up by the Gilead Foundation based in Jacobstowe and is just one aspect of the charity's work for people suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, gambling problems and other addictive behaviours.

Sean, Nathan and Shaun, all from the Crediton area, finished the triathlon in around 90 minutes, completing a 600 metre swim in the estuary, 23.5 kilometre cycle and five kilometre run through Bideford.

They trained for the event at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton, who gave them free three-month passes.

So far the team have raised £500 but are hoping to attract a few more donations.

To support them, go to http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/gileadtriathlon">www.charitygiving.co.uk/gileadtriathlon or call the Gilead Foundations on 01837 851240.