Grangemouth employees complete mammoth cycle

Staff from Policy Services in Grangemouth take part in Great British Bike Off in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust''Picture: Michael Gillen
Staff from Policy Services in Grangemouth take part in Great British Bike Off in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust''Picture: Michael Gillen
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Saddle sore staff ‘cycled’ the length of the country without leaving the office... and it was all in a good cause.

Employees at Policy Services in Grangemouth spent last weekend raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Their Great British Bike Off attempt saw them plan to travel the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats on a static bike leaving at 4 p.m. on Friday. But they covered the 874 miles so quickly that they kept going and ‘returned’ to their starting point by 9 a.m. on Monday.

They also had a coffee morning on Saturday when family, friends and members of the public were invited in to cheer them on and sample home baking.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity the entire team working out of the offices in The Hub in Beancross Road was delighted to support.

Colleague Kirsty McHugh’s brother was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September. Steven (19), of Hartley Place, Grangemouth, is currently in Edinburgh Western General in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit receiving radiotherapy.

A team of 26 took part in the relay and Kirsty took them over the 1748 mile mark shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday.

Suzanne Smith, said: “It all went really well. We are currently sitting at a fundraising total of £2920 with donations still flooding in. The coffee morning on Saturday raised £365 which we are over the moon with.”

Policy Services has agreed to match all the cash raised for the charity.

Visit the website at http://greatbritishbikeoff.com to see the moment they crossed the line.

Seven young people between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every day. The Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity which provides specialised support for people of these ages with the life-changing diagnosis.

Earlier this year it was in the headlines when young cancer sufferer and blogger Stephen Sutton set himself a target of raising £10,000.

At the time, he said: “The support Teenage Cancer Trust provides makes a huge difference to people, real people, like me. So please dig deep, be generous and donate – thank you!”

His appeal captured the public imagination and, although he died in May, people are still donating in his memory with the charity’s last total almost £4.5 million.