12 July 2016
A group of 12 amateur cyclists from our corporate partner HMG Paints in Manchester completed a 122 mile bike ride from Manchester to Scarborough, raising vital funds for people affected by cancer.
The weekend took off to a positive start with a huge crowd of HMG staff, family and friends, as well as Mandy and Rose from Macmillan supporting the cyclists, waving them off from HMG Paints’ Manchester headquarters.
Fundraising Manager for Greater Manchester, Mandy West, was waiting for the arrival of the cyclists at their first day finish point, Clifford’s Tower, York. 'We are so proud of everyone from HMG Paints who took part in this cycling challenge and those who have supported the team. The amount raised is absolutely fantastic and really will make a huge difference. It is because of the support we receive from individuals and businesses like HMG Paints that we can offer the services we do and they are helping us achieve our ambition to make sure no one faces cancer alone in Manchester'.
The riders progressed in good time, battling through the mountainous route to their destination, with support from cheering motorists and pedestrians along the way. By the time the first stretch of the journey was complete, team HMG had reached and surpassed their £5,000 target which boosted morale for the next day.
25 miles in to the second day’s journey the riders hit what felt like the 100th hill of the trek, 'We’ve just reached the top of the steepest hill ever' said Barry Connelly, as he recorded everyone’s reactions throughout the cycle, to later be aired on local community radio station, North Manchester FM.
The cyclists arrived, with huge smiles on their faces, along the sea front of Scarborough, welcomed by a crowd of family and friends cheering them down the last straight. 'I am so proud of the team for pushing themselves to the limits to raise funds for Macmillan, I can’t believe the support we have received from family, friends, customers and suppliers of HMG. It has been a very enjoyable but tough experience and I can’t wait to hand over the cheque to Macmillan because that’s what it has all been about' Paddy Dyson, HMG Paints Marketing Manager and bike ride participant.
The total raised currently stands at over £7,100. The fundraising page for this event will still be accepting donations until the end of the year. If you would like to donate please visit www.justigiving.com/hmg-paints
As well as fundraising activities, HMG Paints have released an exclusive decorative paints range called the Manchester Colour Collection in which £3 per every 5 litres sold will go directly to Macmillan. To order a free shade card visit www.hmgpaint.com/products/macmillan