24th Oct, 2016

Saddling up for good cause

Evesham Editorial 11th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CARING staff from an Evesham business put pedal to the metal in a bid to raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Members from Yorkshire Building Society took part in a static cycle challenge last Thursday (July 3) and collected £1,523 for the cancer charity.

The challenge took place at their Vine Street base and ran from 9.30am to 4pm, with fund-raisers attempting to cover the distance of the first stage of the Tour de France, 190km.

However, more than 225km were covered as competitors smashed their original target.

The sponsored bike ride was in aid of ‘Hour of Need’, a new fund-raising campaign by the society and the charity to raise

£500,000 by December 2016.

Natasha Chesby, manager of the Yorkshire’s Evesham branch, said: “As Yorkshire Building Society is an official supporter of the Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart and Marie Curie is the official charity partner it made perfect sense to set ourselves a

cycling challenge to celebrate the world’s largest annual sporting event visiting our country.

“We were really looking forward to the challenge of cycling the first stage of the Grand Depart and we would like to thank everybody who came and helped us raise money for Marie Curie.

“It was absolutely brilliant and we were over the moon with the money raised.”