Ventilation firm set for charity bike ride

Five members of Mansfield Pollard staff are to take on a 94-mile cycling challenge between Hampshire and Wiltshire this Friday.

The air management system manufacturer’s team for the 2015 Raw Hide event comprises MD Joanna Robinson, operations director Mark Dowell, sales and marketing director Andrew Glen, product manager Shaun Cockcroft and project manager Julian Selby.

The course will take the team from one Ark Data Centre in Farnborough to another in Corsham, the data storage firm being the host of the event. Around 45 of its employees will be taking on the challenge too, which is expected to last between 9-10 hours.

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This year’s event follows the success of last year’s, which raised £12,000 for charity. The 2015 challenge is aiming to amass £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Andrew Glen is hoping to cover at least 60 miles of the journey. He said; “The Raw Hide bike ride promises to be a tough challenge and I’m sure there will be plenty of bumps along the way.

“But the thought of sore legs and aching backs is nothing when you think how hard each and every Macmillan nurse works every day.”

Steve Goodrick, fundraising manager Wiltshire at Macmillan Cancer Support added: “We were delighted to support Ark Data Centres, and hope that they smash last year’s target.

“In 2015 there are now 2.5m people living with cancer in the UK, which is set to rise to 4m by 2030. Almost 1000 people every day receive a cancer diagnosis across the UK. As a charity which receives no government funding, almost all the funds we receive are by public donation, and this fabulous initiative by Ark Data Centres will enable us to extend our reach still further to help more people in the community.”

To make a donation or to sponsor the team visit: www.justgiving.com/RawHide2015

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