Two-day bike ride raises more than £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer

FINISH LINE The Lockheed Martin team after the 140-mile trip from Ampthill to Whiteley
FINISH LINE The Lockheed Martin team after the 140-mile trip from Ampthill to Whiteley
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A team of cyclists from the Havant and Whiteley branches of Lockheed Martin Corporation successfully completed a charity bike ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The two-day event saw the riders embark on a 140-mile trip across several counties.

The team consisted of university graduates and engineers who work at the firm, which provides advanced technology systems across the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

Paul Summerhill, of the Whiteley branch, said this was the third year that the company had supported Macmillan.

Mr Summerhill said: ‘The money is still coming in, but so far more than £6,000 has been raised, along with additional funds from the Macmillan coffee mornings.’

The bike ride began in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, going through Farnborough, before finishing in Whiteley.

Macmillan Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people diagnosed with cancer through fundraising campaigns such as the coffee mornings and cycle rides, as well as offering counselling for families.

Mr Summerhill said that the weather provided ideal cycling conditions over the two days, and everyone who took part was proud of what they achieved.

‘The event went well. The guys who took part were pleased with how much was raised,’ he added.

‘There was a strong sense of camaraderie among the team and there was a sense of achievement when they got to Whiteley.’

The staff members from both branches provided support for the cyclists, raising money by running a cake sale and coffee mornings.

Cyclist Stuart Crawford, who took part in the event, said: ‘Spirits were very high as we got to grips with the challenge and we were fortunate to have cycled in some good weather.

‘It was a real team effort – not just in terms of those who cycled but also the support we had from our colleagues, friends, and family.’

Lisa Murphy from Macmillan praised the riders for their efforts in completing the challenge.