Pedal power helps raise charity cash

Employees from Knauf Insulation who took part in the bike ride
Employees from Knauf Insulation who took part in the bike ride

A TEAM of intrepid cyclists helped raise thousands of pounds for charity after completing a mammoth challenge.

The team from Knauf Insulation, which manufactures insulation products, completed the 360 mile charity bike ride to raise money for CRASH, a construction and property charity for the homeless and a hospice.

The four day cycle challenge - which raised a total of £6,500 for the charities - took place over the Jubilee weekend.

The cyclists set out from Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant, in Hartlepool, and stopped along the way at the company’s plants in St Helens and Queensferry before arriving at Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant in Cwmbran.

The team also dropped in to chosen charity, Wirral Hospice St John’s, in the Wirral, along the route of the challenge, which was dubbed ‘Tour de Knauf Insulation’.

David Grimes, financial risk control manager at Knauf Insulation, said: “Every day of the journey was a challenge but the determination and drive of everyone involved got us through it.

“We were cycling on average 90 miles a day and it was no easy feat.

“We want to thank everyone – clients, colleagues, family and friends - for their generous encouragement and support which we hope will make a real difference to the lives of people in need.”

CRASH is the construction and property industry’s charity which focuses on improving buildings used to help homeless people by providing professional advice, supplying free materials or awarding cash grants.

Kate Marsh, CRASH development managers said: “We’re extremely grateful to everyone at Knauf Insulation who took part in the challenge and also those that gave so generously.

“The efforts of David and his team have proved to be an enormous success, helping both CRASH and Wirral Hospice St John’s to raise much needed funds.”

Hayley Dykes, community and events fundraiser from Wirral Hospice St John’s, said: “Care at Wirral Hospice St John’s is always free of charge to patients and their families and we rely on the generous support of local fundraisers and volunteers.”