December 15, 2019

Mercedes-Benz Vans cyclists use pedal power to raise money for Cancer Research 

The Mercedes-Benz Vans ‘chain gang’ have raised more than £20,000 for Cancer Research by cycling 62 miles between Manchester and Blackpool.

Their effort in the sponsored cycle means that over the last three years riders representing the brand have raised in excess of £65,000 for deserving causes.

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, finishing at Blackpool’s South Promenade.

Uppermost in the minds of the cyclists and supporters was former Mercedes-Benz van sales manager Tim Page, who lost his short battle with cancer earlier this year.

“Tim was a key member of the company team and greatly respected and loved by those he worked with,” said director Paul Reed, one of several Rygor colleagues who travelled up to Manchester to take part in the ride.

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

Mercedes-Benz Vans managing director Steve Bridge has now completed the ride in each of the last three years. “This is a fantastic event and one that I now look forward to each July,” he said.

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

Supplementing the money raised through sponsorship contributions by participants, Mercedes-Benz Vans is also supporting Cancer Research UK through its Giving Back Programme.

Steve continued: “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.”

He added: “I’d like to pay special tribute to District Manager Liz Verwey, who pulls everything together each year on behalf of our Charity Committee, and for the ‘backroom’ team of drivers and others who give up their Sunday to provide such fantastic support. This truly is a team effort, so my thanks and a huge ‘well done’ go to all.”