Staff back in saddle for charity cycle event

25th July 2017

LEEK United Building Society staff are climbing into the saddle to raise miles more money for a charity close to their hearts.

A team of intrepid colleagues will be undertaking a three-day, 150-mile cycle relay next month (August) through Cheshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire – visiting each of the Society’s 12 branches en route.

All proceeds will be donated to Bloodwise* - the UK’s biggest blood cancer charity - in memory of former colleague Tony Hubbard, who passed away last November following a courageous battle with leukaemia.

Tony’s plight inspired staff to begin raising money for the charity during his illness, and £6,000 has since been presented to Bloodwise, which has become one of Leek United’s chosen good causes in the community.

Cycle relay co-ordinator Louise Poole said: “We wanted to do something fitting to remember Tony by during the summer months, and the relay seemed ideal, because it involves every single branch and everyone who knew him.

“We’ve planned the three-day route through the four counties very precisely, with overnight breaks in our own beds – which I, for one, will definitely need!” 

Leek United staff completed a similar cycle marathon in 2013 to mark the Society’s 150th anniversary.

This year’s relay begins on Wednesday 2nd August at Leek United’s Oakengates branch in Shropshire, concluding on Friday 4th August at the Society’s Head Office  in Leek, Staffordshire.

“Everyone is really looking forward to it, and with customers’ help we are hoping to raise as much as we possibly can for Bloodwise,” added Louise.

Joining Louise on the relay will be: Gemma Callear, Jo Cordall, Peter Excell, Rob Longmore, Will Roberts, John Leveson – a Non-Executive Director and medal-winning member of the UK’s Transplant Games team and Leek United Chief Executive Kevin Wilson.

A special JustGiving link has been set up for anyone wishing to make a donation - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leek-united-biking-for-bloodwise

 

*About Bloodwise:

Formed in 1960, changed its name from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in September 2015. Its life-saving work is focused on stopping people from dying of blood cancer, improving the quality of life for patients and their families, and where possible, stopping people getting blood cancer in the first place.

The charity’s research is targeted at understanding more about blood cancer,finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running groundbreaking clinical trials for patients.

Around 38,000 people of all ages, from children to adults, are diagnosed with blood cancers and related disorders every year in the UK. It is a complex disease area made up of 137 individual diseases. Some affect thousands of people, such as common forms of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma; others affect only a handful. But together, blood cancers are the fifth most common form of cancer.

For more information visit www.bloodwise.org.uk.

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