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British Gypsum conquers charity bike ride

Published:  16 June, 2014

British Gypsum employees braved the elements recently to complete a 100-mile bike ride from Barrow-upon-Soar to Skegness for Leicester Hospitals Charity – Neonatal Unit.

The team, called the ‘Multi-Finishers’ after one of the company’s most popular plaster products, was made up of more than 90 riders, including around 60 staff from its Barrow and East Leake sites. After setting off in the early hours of Saturday 7 June, the team battled through thunderstorms, torrential rain and hailstones, arriving into Skegness some 10 hours later.

Enthusiastic volunteers also turned out to support the charity ride from start to finish, with teams helping to monitor road conditions, carry emergency equipment and provide energy top-ups of sandwiches, bananas and cakes along the way.

Now in its seventh year, the annual Barrow to Skegness bike ride was set up by British Gypsum Barrow production officer Phil Johnson, to raise funds for a nominated charity. This year’s choice was inspired by one of the company’s employees, who has received tremendous support from the local neonatal unit in the past few years.

“This year’s charity was particularly close to our hearts, and before we set off on the ride, we were read a few words by our colleague about her experiences and the support the unit has given,” explained Mr Johnson. “It really spurred us on for the ride, which was made all the more challenging with the great British weather.

“Despite the torrential conditions, there was a fantastic atmosphere and sense of camaraderie, and most importantly, we managed to raise lots of cash for a great cause. While we’re still collecting and counting our donations and sponsorship, we look set to reach over £7,500.”

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