IDS helps to raise £110k for Macmillan Cancer Support

Published:  15 August, 2015

Staff from International Decorative Surfaces (IDS) have helped to raise £110,000 by taking part in a 425-mile bike challenge from London to the Loire Valley in France over four tough days in July.

Andy Sutton, commercial director, Ricky Claxton, showroom sales assistant at Norwich, and Blair Payne, sales and customer service assistant at Rosyth, were among the 125 people who hit the pedals to raise funds.

The three IDS employees have themselves raised £9,400 towards the target from friends, colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Mr Sutton said: “I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has supported us. It was incredibly challenging to complete the ride but the camaraderie and atmosphere was truly fantastic and spurred us all the way. We met so many people with their own stories about how cancer has affected their lives and we were very proud to make our contribution.”

Donations can still be made online at or by posting a cheque payable to Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland Charity to Aileen Philbin, International Decorative Surfaces, Suite C, Chadwick House, Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6AE. More information can also be found by logging onto

Picture caption: Three members of staff from IDS were among the 125 riders who helped to raise £110,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in a 425-mile bike challenge.

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