End in sight for riders

Kier charity ride
Kier charity ride

A GROUP of Kier Sheffield employees are back on two wheels for another epic charity challenge.

In a follow-up event to their sponsored coast-to-coast bike ride last year, the fund-raisers are cycling almost 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

The aim of the ride is to raise as much money as possible for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, the Sheffield Autistic Society and Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The cyclists will be making just nine stops in nine days – the expected duration of the journey – and hope to raise around £10,000, even more than the £3,000 their previous challenge generated.

The cyclists left John O’Groats on Saturday and will cycle 974 miles to Land’s End in Cornwall.

The group have been training together for many months in preparation for the gruelling ride, which will see them covering almost 100 miles per day.

This is the third fundraising expedition organised by the group, who completed a ride from Sheffield to Cleethorpes in June 2009 and a second coast to coast, from St Bees Head to Robin Hood’s Bay, last year.

The end-to-end ride will be supported by a sponsored cycle on fixed bikes to be held at Ponds Forge international sports venue tomorrow (Friday), where teams will battle it out to exceed the distance of the main cycle ride in just one day.

The support event will involve teams from various Sheffield organisations and the winning team will receive a trophy.

Kier Sheffield regional managing director and member of the team Simon Bullen said: “My team never shies away from a challenge.

“In the past two years we have raised around £4,000 for local charities and this latest expedition is set to be our greatest adventure yet. We are asking anyone who can donate to visit our Just Giving page and do their bit to support us and these worthwhile causes.

“Thinking what good the donations will do to help people from across Sheffield makes those gruelling uphill sections manageable. A big thanks too for all our sponsors who helped make this challenge possible.”

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association fundraising director, Douglas Graham, added: “MND is a truly devastating disease, not just for the person diagnosed but the whole family. The money raised from the end-to-end bike ride and the supporting event on June 3 will go towards vital work and research into devastating illnesses which affect people’s lives in Sheffield every day.”

The ride group consists of Simon Bullen, Darren Crouch, Scott Murray, John Blackwell, Mark Hall and Dave Cooper, plus non-Kier Building Maintenance guests Tony Perry, Martin Colley, Bill Stubbins, Julie Bullen, Simon Hughes, Anthony Derbyshire and Judy Bird.

Donations can be made via the team’s Just Giving website profile: www.justgiving.com/teams/KierE2EChallenge.

All money raised will go directly to the charities. For daily updates, follow the team’s progress on Twitter: @KierE2E

For more information on the Motor Neurone Disease Association, visit www.mndassociation.org, on the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice visit www.bluebellwood.org or on Sheffield Autistic Society go to http://www.shauties.org.uk/.