A Shropshire company put pedal power firmly behind Lingen Davies when they raised thousands of pounds in a cycle challenge.
A team of 12 employees from Rix Oakleys, a family-owned fuel distributor based in Telford, cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats in just nine days. The team raised £22,000 which was split between Lingen Davies and Cure Leukaemia, both of which played a vital role in the recovery of one of their friends.
Ian Cooke had been riding with Rory Beath, director of Rix Oakleys, when he felt unwell and struggled to keep up – he was later diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia. Ian received treatment and was supported in his recovery at the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre as part of the charity’s cancer care services to people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, and Mid Wales.
Rory said: “We wanted to make sure we did something that was a challenge. That’s why we set the target of completing the ride in nine days, as it means we will be averaging more than 100 miles per day.
“Cure Leukaemia’s treatment plan and the care of Lingen Davies are what saved Ian’s life and we will always be grateful to them for the amazing work they do. This ride is a small way of saying thank you.”
On day four of the challenge the Rix Oakleys team – which included Ian – passed through Shropshire and were welcomed at the Lingen Davies office in Shrewsbury by staff, family and friends clapping and cheering them on. After a quick stop for refreshments at the Cancer Centre half way through the challenge, the team pushed on to complete the feat and make a huge difference to those living with cancer through raising much needed funds and also increasing awareness about cancer and encouraging conversations about it.
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