STAFF at a Teesside firm have raised more than £5,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in a coast to coast cycle challenge.
A team of 20 staff members and friends from Billingham-based sustainability company Tadea-UK set themselves the goal of completing the 135mile cycle ride toraise vital funds for the lifesaving charity.
The four day challenge saw cyclists peddle their wayfrom Whitehaven in Cumbria, passing through Mungrisdale, Alston and Consett before completing the route at Roker Marina in Sunderland between 20- 23 September.
June Phoenix, Business Support Manager at Tadea-UK, took part in the ride. She said: “GNAAS do a fantastic job and offer a vital service throughout the North East. We wanted to show our support to a local charity that really makes a difference. Although the cause is a serious one, the ride itself proved to be a real adventure.”
The oldest member in the group of amateur cyclists was 59-years-old.
Mark Perry, Technology Supervisor at Tadea-UK, originally came up with the idea of undertaking the cycle challenge and asked people to join him in the ride. He said: “It was a great team effort, everyone rallied around and helped each other get to the next stage. There were some tired people around the office the next day but nobody complained because there was a real sense of achievement.”
Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “We are extremely grateful to Tadea-UK for completing the cycle challenge in aid of us. Their team spirit clearly shone through and the amount raised will go towards keeping our air ambulances flying.”