On your bike for Leeds cancer pedal challenge

Mike Baxter of the 'npower peddlers.
Mike Baxter of the 'npower peddlers.
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A passionate group of npower workers have pedalled their part in a 24-hour cycling challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The activity is part of a 2014 company-wide campaign that challenges staff to raise £150,000 for the charity, which partner npower pledges to match pound for pound.

The group of ten who work in Scarcroft – including Ben Kilsby, Simon Philips, Stephen Robertson, Stephanie Austin, Dan Leach, Philip Rutherforth, David Coulthard, Paul Scurrah, Mike Baxter and Helen Tipton – was part of a larger group of 28 staff across England, who all belong to npower’s compliance team. So far they have raised almost £2,000.

They wanted to find a way to involve as many staff as possible in a joint challenge. This led to the challenge of cycling 344 miles in 24 hours - the equivalent of the distance between their bases across the country. The Leeds team were responsible for 178 of the 491 miles achieved overall.

Mike Baxter, compliance analyst, said: “It was very enjoyable and we smashed our donations and mileage target. Things became very competitive, but it was important to raise money for a great cause.”

Npower has created the Fuel Management Programme to help people affected by cancer who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

To make a donation see http://www.justgiving.com/Retail-Compliance.

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