Smiths News' charity bike ride commences
Smiths News will be cheering on and wishing colleagues good luck when 13 members of staff set off on a 375 mile charity bike ride from their Southampton distribution centre to their Newcastle distribution centre on Sunday 24 June.
The ‘S to N’ bike ride is part of the company’s ‘Community Week’ initiative, which sees staff across the business getting involved in raising money for charity and their local communities. This year, the company is aiming to raise £70,000.
During the six day bike ride, the 13 cyclists will stop off on route to call in at their Swindon head office as well as being joined by seven colleagues along the route who have decided to take part in the bike ride for a day to support their colleagues.
Each cyclist is required to raise at least £2,000 in sponsorship for the charity of their choice. Some of the charities include; Marie Curie, the Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, RSPCA, and NewstrAid (the industry’s own charity which supports retailers and their families when they fall on hard times).
Ian Tallamy, Enterprise Systems Manager, who is based at the company’s head office is one of the cyclists taking part. Ian said:
“I love cycling, and I think that taking part in the bike ride is a great way of keeping fit, seeing the countryside, and it’s a great opportunity to raise money for Newstraid. I’ve worked in the newspaper and magazine industry for a long time. Therefore, I would like to contribute towards a charity which helps people who have worked in this industry. Over the years, I’ve come to realise how valuable Newstraid is to its beneficiaries.”
When the cyclists reach the finish line at their Newcastle distribution centre where they will be greeted by Newcastle MP Ian Mearns as well as colleagues, family and friends.
"Taking part in this bike ride means that I will be able to raise money for NewstrAid, the news industry’s own charity."