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 former X Factor and Popstar to Operastar champion Joe McElderry was taking on a charity bike ride for the Teenage Cancer trust we wanted to get behind him and support his cause.
Joe, 23, who is a patron for the charity is originally from Westoe, South Shields, which is only 20 minutes up the road from our Washington office. The singer along with 16 friends and family members is set to cycle 275 miles starting on Thursday, August 14th.
The route begins at the Teenage Cancer Trust in Yorkhill, Glasgow, where the group will visit some of the patients before doing the same in Edinburgh and finishing their journey at the Sand Dancer pub in South Shields on Sunday, August 17th.
The star took on a similar challenge last year, completing a coast-to-coast ride from Whitehaven to South Shields, raising £12,500.
Joe acknowledges that the event will be physically demanding saying:
“It’ll be painful, but it’ll be fun. It’ll be painful because it’s tiring exercise, but it won’t be anything compared to what those patients are going through. I am looking forward to visiting the hospitals and potentially meeting some of the people we’re actually raising money for. I recognize how fortunate I am to be fit enough to do a bike ride of this size to raise money for a charity that makes an enormous difference to people’s lives. I am proud to be a patron for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the thought that through my efforts I will be helping to improve the care of the young patients cared for by the charity will keep me going.”
Gillian Gomersall, NRL Director comments on Joe’s fundraising efforts:
“We are proud to be sponsoring Joe for his ‘Scotland The Brave’ cycle challenge, which is raising money for a local charity that works consistently to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for teenagers with cancer. I commend Joe in his fundraising efforts – it’s great to see someone in their early 20s who is actively taking on a challenge and pushing themselves to help raise money for such a worthy cause.”
The cycle takes place between 14th August – 17th August 2014.
If you would like to get behind Joe and support him in his efforts to raise money for a truly exceptional charity you can donate by visiting: www.justgiving.com/GENTCT.