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, so when we heard that one of our contractors Dougie Moore was competing in the Fred Whitton Challenge 2014, to raise money for charity we wanted to get behind him and support his cause.
The Fred Whitton challenge is a gruelling 112 mile sportive ride for charity around the Lake District. The event is run in memory of the racing secretary of the Lakes Road Club Fred Whitton, who died of cancer at the age of 50 in 1998. This year the cycling route starts and finishes in Grasmere which is not far from our offices in Egremont and Dovenby. The course is renowned for being a demanding cycle and includes the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes which are notoriously difficult.
Dougie Moore has competed in the race once before, when he turned 40 and understands how physically demanding the event can be; training for 4 months in preparation for the cycle. Last time Dougie completed the course in 7hrs, 26 minutes and this year he aims to beat his previous record and complete the race in under 7hrs. He puts his motivation down to being inspired by the two good causes he is raising money for and the challenge of completing what is an enjoyable but very testing course, saying that:
“I am looking forward to completing the Fred Whitton Challenge 2014 and raising money for two charities that help to improve and save the lives of others. Without these two charities in place, people wouldn’t have the highly valued support and assistance that they need when they need it most. Macmillan and North West Air Ambulance charities both 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, Director of NRL Ltd comments on Dougie’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 two charities that work consistently to improve the lives of others. I commend Dougie in his efforts and hope that through supporting and raising awareness of his involvement in the race we can help him to surpass his fundraising target”.
The race takes place on Sunday 11th May 2014. If you would like to get behind Dougie and support him in his efforts to raise money for two exceptional charities, you can donate directly to the North West Air Ambulance Charity by calling their donation line on 0800 587 4570 or text MOBILE to 70550 to donate £5 to Macmillan Cancer Support.