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Forgemasters team get on their bikes for charity

04 October 2011

A team of kind-hearted employees from Sheffield Forgemasters will switch their hard-hats for helmets when they embark on a 100 kilometre cycle challenge for charity.

The six men, who work in the foundry at the Brightside Lane site, are taking part in the Ride of the Falling Leaves on October 16 and will cycle a 100k route from Claremont Hospital, Sheffield, through the Peak District and back. 

Money raised from the entry fee and sponsorship will go to the Danny Porter Foundation which aims to help fund research, support, care and equipment for people suffering from cancer or requiring neurological surgery, with proceeds going to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Neurocare and other local causes. 

The charity was set up by Sheffielder Danny Porter after his own battle with a rare form of cancer known as Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). 

Guy Malpass, one of the cyclists from Forgemasters, said: “A team of us did the same event last year and raised more than £1000, although not everyone made it to the finish line on their bikes, some only made it in the back of a van!” 

Guy will be joined by fellow staff members Stephen Henderson, Gary Greveson, Glynn Gration, Chris Anderson, and Gary Barnsley. 

He said: “Last year’s event, which was organised by Claremont Hospital to raise money for Cavendish Cancer Care, was 90k and it took us around five and a half hours so this one will take a bit longer. Although it is a big challenge, it is just a fantastic day. We’ve all been training, and most of us cycle into work every day – you don’t have to go far in Sheffield to find a hill so it’s all good practice!”

Danny, who teamed up with Claremont Hospital’s Sport Medicine and Performance Centre and the Out of the Saddle Cycling Club to organise this year’s bike ride, said: “I never fail to be surprised by the generosity of the public. I’m really pleased and so grateful to the guys from Forgemasters who are taking on the massive 100k challenge, and to everyone else who has signed up to take part.”

There is a 100k and a 50k route for the Ride of the Falling Leaves cycle challenge. Entries for the charity bike ride are £25 per person, with all proceeds going to the Danny Porter Foundation. For more information about the Danny Porter Foundation visit www.dannyporterfoundation.org.