Dunlop Oil & Marine has raised more than £850 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
The Ashington team of the branch that manufactures and supplies hoses for the oil, gas, petrochemical and dredging industries completed a coast to coast cycle ride where employees pedalled from Tynemouth to Whitehaven, covering 140 miles.
The group of equally keen cyclists and complete novices tackled varying terrain across the North East and Cumbria, over a space of three days in September last year.
Dan Tyrpak, health and safety advisor at Dunlop Oil, said: “The 10-strong cycle team were from all areas of the branch. Both factory workers and office staff took part with a 35 year age gap between the oldest and youngest cyclists. We had a couple of punctures along the way but there was a huge sense of achievement when everyone had finished. GNAAS is a brilliant life-saving charity.”
The company also held bake sales throughout the year and handed over the final amount accumulated from their fundraising efforts to GNAAS this month.
The charity, chosen by Dunlop employees to support, has three helicopters operating across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and need £4m to keep the service running every year.
Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “We would like to thank the team at Dunlop Oil for their on-going support over the last 18 months. The funds raised will no doubt help towards keeping our aircraft in the sky.”