2 October 2015
A team of 21 cyclists from Lockheed Martin’s facility in Ampthill recently took to their bikes for charity, saddling up for a gruelling 140 mile cycle ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Ampthill team, a diverse group of employees including recent graduates, long-serving engineers and support staff, joined colleagues from other Lockheed Martin UK sites as part of a team of 39 cyclists.
Over two days, the cyclists crossed several counties travelling first from Ampthill in Bedfordshire down to Farnborough in Hampshire and then after a good night’s rest, on to Havant before finishing up in Whiteley on the South Coast.
This is the third year that employees from facilities in the south of England have taken part in the cycle challenge and after the success of previous rides, this year, they were also joined by colleagues from sites in Scotland who held their own 60 mile cycle from Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in Faslane around the nearby Lochs.
Employees at each Lockheed Martin location came out to support the cyclists and also joined in the fundraising by holding a coffee morning and a two day static spin bike challenge where employees took part in half hour sessions to try and match or even exceed the 140 miles covered by the cyclists.
Stan Winstanley who took part in the event said: 'It was great to be able to participate in the challenge and work together with our LMUK colleagues to support such an important cause. Many of the cyclists have been personally affected by cancer and are grateful to be given the opportunity to ride in support of Macmillan.'
Alan Lines Vice President and Managing Director at Lockheed Martin UKs Ampthill site said 'Our employees pride themselves on playing an active role in helping to strengthen the quality of life in communities located close to our business. It’s great to be getting on our bikes to back Macmillan.'
So far, Lockheed Martin’s activities have raised almost £5000 for Macmillan and its work to support cancer sufferers and their families and it’s expected the amount will rise further.
Jessica Wilson Regional Fundraising Manager from Macmillan Cancer Support said: 'We heavily rely on the thoughts and efforts of people who give their time to raise funds for Macmillan and the ongoing support from Lockheed Martin is really appreciated. Thank you to everyone involved.'
Together the funds will help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone as they can invest in more services for people affected by cancer.