Saint-Gobain cyclists use pedal power to raise money for charity
Published: 04 August, 2014
On the 26 to 27 July, a team from Saint-Gobain took part in a coast-to-coast cycling challenge from Blackpool to Scarborough in aid of its ‘together’ charity partners Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society.
The two-day 140-mile ride tested the team of 12 on endurance, with long climbs and steep hills, through picturesque English landscapes. Led by Peter Hindle MBE, colleagues across Saint-Gobain businesses joined forces to raise just under £14,000 for the two charities.
The ‘together’ charity programme was launched in 2002 across the Saint-Gobain Building Distribution businesses in the UK and Ireland. Since then, it has worked with a number of charities including The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Barnardos, raising £2.3m. The programme was established to bring employees, customers and suppliers together for a good cause.
Mr Hindle MBE, senior vice-president in charge of sustainable habitat and the general delegate for Saint-Gobain in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, said: “Cycling is a passion for many at Saint-Gobain with many individuals across the business taking part in rides for charity on a regular basis. It is also a sustainable sport, which encourages and enhances the health and wellbeing of our employees. I’m originally from Blackpool, so it’s great to have set off from my hometown.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their generous donations and overall support. We’ve received a fantastic amount of encouragement to help us raise funds for these two important charities. It has certainly been a challenge, but I feel a great sense of achievement and I’m very proud of the Saint-Gobain team for their commitment and determination in completing the challenge.”
You can still support the team by donating through their Just Giving page here.