Staff from medical device manufacturer, Bespak, are warming up ahead of a mammoth charity cycle ride this coming weekend to help raise money for their chosen charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
20 colleagues from across the company’s Milton Keynes, King’s Lynn and Cambridge sites will be joining challenge leader, Adam Stops in an epic 120-mile Chevron cycle ride on Saturday 8th September. The company aim to raise more than £1,000 for King’s Lynn based, children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The challenge, which is expected to take between 12 to 13 hours in total, will take in all three Bespak sites. Starting at dawn from Milton Keynes, riders will travel through Cambridge and onto King’s Lynn with a celebratory BBQ before dusk.
Cheering them on along the route will be a raft of dedicated supporters who will be on hand at various resting points with much needed sustenance including tea and cake.
Challenge organiser and Bespak Research and Early Development Manager Adam Stops said: “This event has captured the imagination and enthusiasm of so many people within Bespak, not only due to the challenge of cycling such a long distance in one day, but because the event will help such a great cause. As a keen cyclist myself, I thought a cycling event would be a great way to bring people together to raise money for charity, so it made sense to organise this event in aid of Scotty’s.
“I have been amazed by the response from everyone at Bespak, even those who don’t want to or can’t cycle are getting involved by volunteering their time to help out on the day. Bespak has supported our efforts and many of my colleagues have even offered to make cakes for the riders to help fuel the long ride. Bespak has also enlisted support from some of our key suppliers who have kindly offered sponsorship to help raise even more money for Scotty’s.
And for some of those taking part, this is the first time they’ve taken part in any kind of event like this. They have really embraced it and even organised their own training rides after work in preparation.”
Also volunteering their time and support on the day is King’s Lynn cycle store, Pedal Revolution who have offered bike servicing and transport free of charge to those taking part in the event.
Pedal Revolution’s Neil Turner said: “As a local independent store we look forward to supporting local businesses and are passionate about enabling and inspiring people to get out on their bikes and enjoy cycling. We are thrilled to be supporting Bespak in their ride for Scotty’s Little Soldiers and will be behind them all the way offering support and encouragement on their epic challenge.”
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children across the UK who has lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Scotty’s Little Soldiers was personally selected this year by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, as one of seven charities to receive donations from the Royal Wedding.
Scotty’s founder Nikki Scott said: “I can’t thank the Bespak team enough for their support, the way the company has embraced Scotty’s as its charity of the year has been amazing. I know Adam and the team have put in a lot of time and effort to organising this event and I can’t wait to see them all lined up in their Scotty’s jersey at the start line.”
To support Bespak’s Chevron Cycle Challenge you can make a donation at:
To learn more about Scotty’s Little Soldiers visit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk
Notes to editors:
To speak to a member of the Scotty’s Little Soldiers team, please contact Scotty’s national PR agency:
Claire Lomax (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris Grayson (email@example.com)
Fran Wyatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 0113 273 7816.
About Scotty’s Little Soldiers:
Scotty’s Little Soldiers, founded in 2010, honours Corporal Lee Scott’s memory – both as a loyal soldier and a loving father – and provides a practical yet personal way for the public at large to show their appreciation for those brave individuals who make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. Currently Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports 345 bereaved children and runs a variety of programmes to help children smile again and look forward to a brighter future.
You can visit the charity online at http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/