A team of riders from Yorkshire Building Society were joined by a cycling champion on an 118-mile route across Yorkshire in aid of the Hour of Need fundrasing campaign.
As the society is official sponsor of the Tour de France, the ride was to honour the first stage of the Grand Départ, which is coming to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6 and fellow Yorkshireman Ed Clancy MBE came to show his support by joining the group ride.
Cycling Ed Clancy got behind the team of riders as they tackled the first stage of the Grand Départ in aid of the organisation’s new charity partner Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The double Olympic and five-time world champion joined the group on Tuesday June 17 as they completed stage one – a gruelling 118 mile route from Leeds city centre through the West Yorkshire countryside and the North Yorkshire Moors to the finish line in Harrogate.
Yorkshire Building Society is an Official Supporter of the Tour de France 2014 Grand Départ which is coming to Yorkshire on July 5 and 6, before the race heads to Cambridge and London on July 7.
The sponsored bike ride was in aid of ‘Hour of Need’ – the new fundraising campaign by the society and Marie Curie Cancer Care to raise £500,000 by December 2016, which equates to funding an hour of care by a Marie Curie Nurse for every hour of the campaign.
Ed Clancy said: “It’s a fantastic effort from the team from Yorkshire Building Society in completing this stage of the Tour de France in aid of Marie Curie. What a great achievement for an extremely worthy cause, they should be very proud of themselves.”
Riders from the Society will also complete stages two and three of the Tour de France route with help from colleagues at Norwich and Peterborough and Chelsea Building Societies, which are part of Yorkshire Building Society Group.
They hope to raise £10,000 for the Hour of Need campaign.
Peter Jowett, manager of Yorkshire Building Society’s Morley branch, said: “To me it’s only natural that an organisation with Yorkshire in the name is sponsoring the Tour’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire, and it’s even better that it’s the organisation that I work for.
“As a keen cyclist, being able to ride the first stage of the route is a once in a lifetime opportunity and all for a good cause.”
To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/YBSGroupBikeRide2014