Staff from branches of North East independent builders’ merchant Thompson Building Centres have used pedal power to raise more than £5,000 for five charities.
Eleven employees and one customer of branches at Hendon, Southwick and South Shields raised £5,349.85 by tackling the gruelling Coast to Coast ride, which covers 130 miles from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland.
The money is being equally split between charities nominated by Thompson staff: The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, Tommy’s – The Baby Charity, MENCAP and the Ryan McKenzie Fund.
Ryan McKenzie is the nephew of Thompson salesman Dave Atchison who took part in the ride to raise cash for the youngster who suffers from autism and needs money to go to America to take part in an intensive therapy programme.
Thompson Building Centres covered all the expenses, ensuring that every penny raised would go directly to the charities.
“It’s a fantastic achievement and everyone who took part has done really well in helping to support all of these excellent causes,” said Anne Ganley, managing director of Thompson Building Centres.
“This has become something of an annual tradition at Thompson’s and every year we have no trouble getting staff to take part because they are so keen to raise money for great charities.”