Ian Harris, CEO and John Readman, New Business Director of Search Laboratory will be swapping their suits for lycra cycling shorts this July in aid of two charities that are very close to their hearts.
John and Ian, alongside 13 other riders in their own personal peloton, will be raising money for two charities of particular importance to them; St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds and St Leonard’s Hospice, York.
Ian as he lost his sister in September 2008 to Melanoma (skin cancer). St Gemma’s hospice helped care for her during her illness. Ian said:
“The staff at St Gemma’s looked after Claire incredibly well in her last days. They are excellent at what they do. They made her comfortable and looked after us as a family. They are the nicest people and they do such a fantastic job under such difficult circumstances.”
For John Readman, St Leonard’s in York played a major part in his life in 2001:
“I lost my dad to a brain tumour; the majority of the last year of his life was spent under excellent care from the staff at St Leonard’s. I cannot thank them enough for the support and care they gave both my father and my family during this time.”
Embarking on a gruelling bike ride across the Pennines to raise money – it’s more likely to be a ‘tour de farce’ than Tour de France. The three-day ‘Way of the Roses’ bike ride starting on 8th July will see the pair pushed to the limit. More at home in a boardroom than on a bicycle, the duo will be covering 180 miles as they make the journey from Morecambe on the West Coast to Bridlington on the East Coast, reaching a peak of 1312 feet above sea level.
The riders will be making a detour from the traditional ‘Way of the Roses’ route in order to stop and visit St. Gemma’s at lunchtime on Saturday 9th July and then stopping again later in the day, around 4pm to visit St. Leonard’s.
As well as providing the manpower, Search Laboratory is sponsoring all the kits and the minibus. The minibus is being provided by PJR Self-Drive and First Aid Kits, along with the all-important special anti-chafing cream are being provided by Hull based pharmacy Raymond C. Hall. Banana Moon has kindly supplied the team’s printed cycling shirts.
If you would like to support the team, you can donate on the Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/YorkshireHospiceC2C
Please give generously – it is a very worthy cause.