17 September 2013
140 mile cycle challenge raised thousands for Macmillan
A 140-mile, two-day cycle ride was completed by the Lockheed Martin teams in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
A diverse group of employees from global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin, including recent graduates, long-serving engineers and support staff, joined colleagues from four other UK sites to make up a team of 50 cycling through Bedfordshire and Hampshire.
The journey started last Wednesday (September 4) and the team called in at four Lockheed Martin sites - Ampthill, Farnborough, Whiteley and Havant – before finishing on Thursday afternoon.
The first leg of the journey was from Ampthill, in Bedfordshire, to the Farnborough branch in Farnborough Aerospace Centre. After an overnight rest, they got back on the road to head for Havant, finishing their journey at Whiteley that evening.
At each stop, the cyclists took a well-deserved rest and refuel, joining colleagues in Ampthill in holding a coffee morning as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Last year, Lockheed Martin cyclists raised over £3,900 for Macmillan – a total the team hopes to exceed in 2013.
Lisa Murphy, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Hampshire, said:
'It's great the team has got on their bikes again to raise money for Macmillan.
'I would like to pass my thanks to everyone who took part and supported the coffee mornings at each site.
'The total will go to support people affected by cancer and help us deliver vital services locally such as the patient grants which supported 396 people last year with grants totalling over £101,000.'