At NRL we value the communities we work in, which is why we feel it is our social and corporate responsibility to give back to them. For us charity means supporting a cause that you are passionate about. When we heard that one of our contractors, Francis Ayres, was competing in Le Tour Yorkshire Cycle Challenge 2014 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, we wanted to get behind him and support his cause.
Le Tour Yorkshire Cycle Challenge is a gruelling 116 mile sportive ride for charity, covering key sections from the 1st stage of this year’s Tour de France route. The route begins in Leeds and follows the Wharfedale up into the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing Bolton Abbey before joining the official Tour de France route through the Dales at Grassington. The course is renowned for being a demanding cycle through twisting, narrow stone-walled roads with some challenging climbs and thrilling descents including one pass with a 25% gradient.
Francis Ayres acknowledges that the event will be physically demanding and has been training for 10 weeks in preparation for the cycle – he even managed to lose a few pounds! He is competing alongside his friends Rowan Crookes and Wayne Howe. The trio hope that through their fundraising more support can be provided for those suffering with dementia.
Francis says; “I am looking forward to completing Le Tour Yorkshire Cycle Challenge 2014 in memory of my father Henry. There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is still rising. Without the Alzheimer’s Society in place people wouldn’t have the highly valued support and assistance that they need when they need it most. I have seen how the charity can help to make an immense difference to people’s lives and I am proud to be supporting them and the services they provide through my fundraising”.
Greg Compton, NRL Director comments on Francis’s fundraising efforts:
“It’s great to meet someone who is willing to take on a challenge and push themselves to help raise money and awareness of a charity that works consistently to improve the lives of others. I commend Francis in his efforts and hope that through supporting and raising awareness of his involvement in the cycle we can help him to surpass his fundraising target”.
The cycle takes place on 20 July 2014. If you would like to get behind Francis and support him in his efforts to raise money for a truly exceptional charity, you can donate by visiting:
NRL Contractor Francis Ayres raises £1,378.60 for Alzheimer’s society!
All of the team at NRL would like to say a huge Congratulations to Francis Ayres and his friends Rowan Crookes and Wayne Howe who cycled around 116 miles yesterday for just under 12 hours to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Although the trio are feeling a bit sore today, they have said that they really enjoyed taking part in Le Tour Yorkshire Cycle Challenge and although it was a long day for them they found the experience to be very rewarding. To date the friends have managed to raise an impressive £1,378.60 which is 129% over their initial target of £600.00 – Well Done Guys!