Mercedes-Benz Van Manchester to Blackpool Cycle Ride

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The Mercedes-Benz Vans staff has cycled 62 miles between Manchester and Blackpool to raise more than £20,000 for Cancer Research.

The ride is staged annually by The Christie cancer charity, with some 6,000 cyclists of all standards taking part.

More than 80 Mercedes-Benz colleagues, customers, suppliers and friends, started this year’s event at Media City, Salford. All reached the finishing line on Blackpool’s South Promenade.

Staff took part in the ride in memory of two Mercedes-Benz employees who lost their lives to cancer.

Mercedes-Benz van sales manager Tim Page, worked at the Westbury headquarters of Dealer Group Rygor Commercials since 2003, having spent the previous seven years with East Anglia Dealer Orwell Truck & Van.

Also remembered was Martyn Donnelly, a former van sales manager with two Mercedes-Benz Dealers in the North-East, who succumbed to the disease in 2017. His death was the main focus of last year’s fundraising drive.

Mercedes-Benz Vans managing director Steve Bridge said: “This is a fantastic event and one that I now look forward to each July. I’ll admit, though, to being relieved there was no repeat this time of the 30oC temperatures we endured in 2018.

“I’m tremendously proud of the Mercedes-Benz Vans team, and delighted that we’ve again smashed our £20,000 target.

“This tremendous achievement serves to remind us that although we’ve had another great day out, and shared a few very welcome beers as well as some pie and mash at our post-event picnic, we’ve also been supporting the best of causes.

“While our former colleagues were certainly front of mind, we’ve all had loved ones who have died from or overcome cancer, or are struggling with it right now. Hopefully the money we’ve raised will mean that in the future more people like Tim and Martyn survive this awful disease.”

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