17 May 2013
The start of the journey
A team of 9 cyclists from eBECS in Chesterfield completed a 150 mile 3 day charity bike ride during May, which raised over £7000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The equivalent of funding over 350 Hours of a Macmillan Nurse.
The team, consisting of Martin Robinson, Liam John, Paul Saxton, Sam Dharmasiri, Stephen Wilson, Keith Delarge, Will Meredith, Dyfed Smith and Awni Al Sadeq set off on an epic coast-to-coast charity cycle ride from Whitehaven, with 150 miles of cycling ahead of them.
Day 1 took them from Whitehaven to Penrith, a distance of 54 miles, which seemed like a relatively ‘flat start’, compared to what followed. On day two the team continued from Penrith to Rookhope a distance of 46 miles over the imposing peaks of the Northern Pennines – which the team described as by far the hardest of the 3 days.
Day 3 of the cycle ride finished in Tynemouth, a distance of approximately 40 miles and due to its mostly flat or downhill nature found it by far the most enjoyable.
Stephen Wilson, Director at eBECS said, 'eBECS have so far raised over £14,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support since they became our Charity partner in November 2012.'
He continues, 'It’s an amazing feeling for everyone to have completed this challenge and to have raised £7000 for such an amazing cause makes all the more worthwhile. It’s something we will all remember. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us – all of the money raised will help to continue the great work Macmillan do.'
In Chesterfield Macmillan has committed £54,000 to fund a new Macmillan Nurse at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and the charity is 98% funded through donations from supporters.
Stephen added, 'It has been fantastic to see how many eBECS staff have got involved in supporting Macmillan. They have done so many different things – ranging from cakes sales to dressing up and taking part in the World Wide Water Bombing Championships – we are very proud of what we’ve achieved so far.'
There is still time to add your donation to support the cyclists by donating at their dedicated JustGiving page.