The fund-raising took place over three weekends with the 250 miles covered on routes between the three sites involved on the DHL/CHEP contract. These were from Birmingham – Pontefract, Pontefract – Manchester and Manchester – Birmingham.
Organiser Phil Eaton, a national operations manager with DHL in Birmingham, organised the event which saw the money split between three charities – the Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust in the Midlands, Cystic Fibrosis, and the Christie cancer centre in Manchester.
“There was a party of about 12 riders on each leg with a wide range of cycling abilities,” he said. “Several in the team had never cycled these distances before and therefore deserve full credit for sticking to the task. We raised about £1,000 ourselves from sponsorship with DHL and CHEP donating the rest.”
He added that some of his Birmingham colleagues had started cycling into work as part of a commitment to both reduce their carbon footprint and take more exercise. This had started the idea of organising a charity bike ride.
Eamonn Casey, CHEP’s logistics director for the UK and IE who set the riders off on their final leg, said: “This was a great team effort and I am delighted the money raised is going to such worthwhile causes. All who took part – whether riding or in the back-up team – are to be warmly congratulated.”
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