Cycle challenge raises money for local hospice
CYCLE CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER: Cyclists took on a 25-mile route for a local hospice A 25-mile cycle challenge raised money for St Catherine's Hospice as colleagues, friends and family from Leyland Trucks took part in the event. The Helping Hand #LinkingLeyland Guild Wheel cycle challenge raised over GBP11,000 for the hospice.
The ride began and ended at the hospice, a route which took the first riders just over two hours. Participants were welcomed back to a family fun day with truck displays, bouncy castles, games and food and drink stalls. Eight-year-old Joshua Brindle from Euxton, Lancashire, was the youngest rider on the day, having already clocked 275 miles this year for charity.
As well as Lancashire DAF, other sponsors of the event included Rotary Club of Leyland, Schneider Electric, Made Profiles, Actinium, Heskin Fabrications, Carney, Thrive, Preston College and ABC Ltd.
The sponsors had collectedly donated GBP8,000 to the fundraising total before the challenge took place. The Guild Wheel challenge is one of three community wellbeing events being held by Helping Hand this summer as part of the #LinkingLeyland campaign, which is designed to concentrate fundraising efforts on the local area, building engagement between Leyland Trucks and the families, businesses and worthy causes on its doorstep. Stuart Derbyshire, cyclist, Leyland Trucks prototype manager and #LinkingLeyland event lead, said: "As a major local employer, and with a history spanning more than 125 years in the town, it's important to us to support local charities and initiatives - also with the support of other local businesses and organisations.
It's all run by volunteers who are keen to make a difference.
"For me, this event has a personal motivation too. It was something I started six years ago as a positive way to honour my good friend, Dave Wood. He was a gentle giant.
"Sadly, Dave lost his fight against cancer at the age of 50. The ride this year will benefit a charity that cares for people just like him. "Over the past few years, we've raised more than GBP75,000 for St Catherine's Hospice and other fantastic local causes, and it's an honour to see the total rise through funds raised by our sponsors and everyone who kindly donated."
Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at St Catherine's Hospice, said: "We're really overwhelmed and immensely grateful to everyone involved in the Helping Hand cycle challenge for their incredible and unwavering support of St Catherine's over the years.
"We have to raise funds year-in and year-out to provide our specialist care and support to local families, and we are truly humbled that the team continue to choose to help the hospice in this way. It's also wonderful to see so many people turn out for this special community event, which is a great occasion and means so much to people. "On behalf of everyone at St Catherine's, I'd like to say a very heartfelt 'thank you' for this amazing donation, which will make a meaningful difference to those we care for at the hospice and in the community."
Anyone wishing to donate towards the event and to St Catherine's Hospice can do so here.
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