A team of cyclists from TotalEnergies Marketing UK has took on a 160-mile “Tour de Pennines” challenge to raise funds for The Prince of Wales Hospice.
Assisted by Wayne Clarida in the support vehicle, the team comprised Iain Mitchell, Chris Ralph, Tom Hyde, Patrick Howley, Roy Taylor and the general manager of Total’s Ferrybridge lubricant blending plant, John Ryder. By taking on some of the country’s steepest hills travelling from Ferrybridge to Total’s Preston bitumen plant, as well as making the return journey on the second day, the team raised £2,100 for the hospice charity.
The charity normally runs an annual cyclothon to raise money, because like many charities, it relies on support from the public. After being cancelled two years in row due to the COVID-19 situation, the team at TotalEnergies decided to plan its own event, as explained by Ryder in a statement:
“The Prince of Wales Hospice has had a challenging time due to the restrictions introduced in response to Covid-19. When we found out the cyclothon was cancelled for the second year, we decided we needed to do something else instead. And so, the Tour de Pennines idea was born!”
Ryder added that the journey had really put the team to the test, with nearly 10 hours of each day being spent on a bike. Nevertheless, the team said it was ecstatic having raised over £2,000 to help the charity continue providing care to those with life-limiting diseases such as motor neurone disease and cancer.