Two employees from Tharsus Group, the Blyth-based Original Equipment Design and Manufacturer, are preparing to cycle over 1000 miles as they ride from Land’s End to John o’Groats in aid of charity.
Sam Woods and Steve Parks, from Morpeth and Blyth respectively, will be taking on the challenge to raise money for ‘Mind’.
Mind provides support for individuals experiencing mental health problems and campaigns to improve services, awareness and promote understanding.
The pair are currently undergoing a strict training regime. Beginning on the 18August they aim to cover around 100 miles a day and complete the course in 10 days. Throughout their training expert medical care will be provided by sports therapist Katie Watson to help ease aches and pains picked up during the demanding schedule.
During part of the ride Sam and Steve will be stay at accommodation donated by HF Holidays and Ardarroch Cottage. Tharsus Group is providing significant funding to cover the rest of their accommodation needs.
In order to generate donations for the challenge the pair have held numerous fundraising events including the raffle of a painting by local artist Kate Simpson and the ‘Great Tharsus Bake Off’, which encouraged staff members to bring in homemade cakes to help raise money.
Donations to Sam and Steve’s fundraising challenge can be made at – https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/mindsmatter
Sam said: “I cannot wait to finally get the challenge under way. The training has been extremely difficult, but has prepared me for what lies ahead.
“Mind is a charity I hold in very high regard. It has helped someone close to me through a difficult time and I am proud to be giving something back.”
Steve added: “We are very grateful for the support and sponsorship we continue to receive, without this generous help the challenge would not be possible.
“The ride will push the both of us to our limits but knowing that we are raising money to help such a deserving cause will give us the motivation to push on.”
Brian Palmer, CEO at Tharsus Group, said: “The commitment the guys have shown to support this excellent cause has been fantastic. Not only is the effort they are putting into their training exceptional, they are also doing well to generate funds from their colleagues through some great fundraising activities.”