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Cycle to Spain challenge raises nearly £3,000 in support of the NHS!

Our team has recently completed a virtual health and wellbeing cycling challenge to raise vital funds to support the NHS after completing our Group-wide Cycle to Spain initiative.

The challenge launched during the UK’s lockdown with the aim of seeing our nationwide team cover the distance from our Chilwell head office on the outskirts of Nottingham, to Madrid and back again – a distance of over 2,300 miles.

The miles needed were originally being covered through our daily exercise allowances at the height of the lockdown restrictions whether that be through walking, running, cycling or rowing – either outdoors or from the comfort of our own homes. As lockdown restrictions eased, we proved our commitment to the cause by working hard after work and at weekends to complete the challenge.

Any miles covered as part of the challenge were logged internally within our custom-made fitness tracker and regular updates were communicated to keep both the team and the public updated on the distance covered.

We recently completed the challenge and raised an impressive total of £2,770 for NHS Charities Together – a charitable organisation aligned to the NHS to raise money to support frontline staff with the purchase of vital PPE and medicines.

As well as the monetary benefits for the NHS, the Cycle to Spain challenge played a huge part in keeping our team mentally and physically fit throughout the UK’s lockdown, as our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager Michael Valentine goes on to explain.

“It is scientifically proven that exercise can have notable impacts on an individual’s physical and mental health. As a business that’s truly invested in its team’s wellbeing, we were keen to make sure that everyone remained as fit and active as possible, as well as mentally healthy and positive,”

He continues, “With over 250 employees across the UK, we needed an initiative that would engage and involve everybody. Not only that, but we wanted to give something back to the NHS to thank them for their incredible work,”

“As always, NHS frontline staff have shown extreme bravery and commitment in keeping this country moving during a very tough year. The way they managed to fight this virus has been truly inspiring, so we wanted to show our appreciation and make a contribution,”

“In terms of donations, the response has been fantastic and this only helped to further inspire and motivate the team. We would just like to say a huge thank you to everybody who donated in support of a worthy cause.”

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