On the 17th & 18th of March 2022, the RSE Control Systems team, consisting of 27 Saftronics, TCS and Blackburn Starling employees, took on the strenuous challenge of completing a 131-mile bike ride over the course of 2 days. The team started the course in Leeds and cycled along the 131-mile canal route before crossing the finishing line in Liverpool.
The RSE Control Systems team were inspired by former Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Rob Burrows, who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in 2019, and the team planned to raise funds for a supporting charity. MND is a debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking nerves that control movement and prevent muscles from working. The funds raised from the charity cycle will go towards helping to improve access to care, research and campaigning for people and their families suffering with an MND diagnosis.
The team successfully completed their cycling challenge within the 2-day target, with the help from a dedicated support team on standby to assist with marshalling, refreshments, small bike repairs and ensuring the general safety of the cyclists.
The team would also like to thank all the event supporters for their assistance and involvement before, during and after each day of the cycle to make the challenge possible; supporters included Yorkshire Water, Tuffshop, Pudsey Transport, The Adelphi Hotel Liverpool, Haribo UK, University of Leeds and Blackburn Cathedral.
Due to the demanding test of endurance, their amazing team effort and kind donations to the fundraiser, the Control Systems team have managed to raise to date an amazing £10,000 including Gift Aid for the incredibly worthy MND Association.
Simon Logan, TCS Site Services Coordinator said:
Charlotte Taylor, MND Association, commented: