In July this year, a team of 4 cyclists from leading commercial vehicle bodybuilder Paneltex in Hull attempted to cycle part of the Tour de France route, raising a fantastic sum of £5091.25 for the nominated Paneltex Charity of the Year, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. The Paneltex team was part of the 25th year celebrations for the celebrated Etape du Tour, an event in France, which enables amateur cyclists to conquer one of the steep mountain ranges from the iconic Tour de France cycle race.
At a presentation recently held at the Paneltex factory in Hull, Paneltex handed over the cheque to Claire Thomas, Fundraising and Marketing Manager for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the Paneltex cycling team and everyone who supported them on behalf of our organisation. One in four people in any year experience mental health difficulties, so this donation will help us to make sure we are there to support people in the local area. We can only provide that support with the help of local people, who are so generous with their donations, so it’s a big thank you to everyone who took part,” said Claire Thomas.
Phil Carrick, Andy Murphy, Keith Drake and Gary Carmichael took part in the 125 mile event which took over 11 hours to complete, during which the team climbed to a height of 3613 m. For Gary and Keith it was a first time they had attempted such a challenge however Andy and Phil had previously undertaken a similar challenge when they successfully completed in the Etape back in 2014.
“Each year we select a Charity of the Year for the company and we are delighted that so many people supported this tremendous cycling fundraising effort. We also would like to thank those who donated so generously to such a worthy cause,” said Chris Berridge, Managing Director, Paneltex Ltd.