26 Mar 2018
Staff from Stagecoach East Midlands’ Hull depot took part in a charity bike ride, cycling 45 miles to raise money for local charity the Forget-Me-Not Fund.
The sponsored bike ride followed the route of the popular Humber Fast Cat bus from Hull to Scunthorpe, taking them past the railway station and over the Humber Bridge. There was an incredible show of support on the ride, with friends, family and colleagues turning out to cheer them on.
Stagecoach employee, Traffic Controller Alan Beauchamp, came up with the idea to raise money for the charity, which is close to his heart. The Forget-Me-Not Fund is run by members of staff at the Hull Women and Children’s Hospital, to provide free ‘memory boxes’ for women who suffer early pregnancy loss. Alan’s wife is a junior sister at the Hull Women and Children’s Hospital early pregnancy unit, and works with women who are affected.
Alan Beauchamp said: ‘It’s been brilliant to see the amount of support from everyone, and I’m delighted to be able to present this cheque to the Forget-Me-Not Fund. My wife works at the unit, and sees the positive impact it has on those who receive these lovely memory boxes.’
‘The ride was a challenge and there was a lot of training, but it’s been such a success and I’m really proud of all the staff who took part. We have even said that we would like to do another challenge next year - so watch this space!’
Alan was originally going to take on a 20 mile bike ride alone to raise money, but was encouraged to get more staff involved by Kerry Ryan, Operations Manager at Stagecoach East Midlands.
Kerry, who also took part in the ride, said: ‘I am delighted that Alan and other members of staff took on this challenge for charity. Not only did we raise a fantastic amount of money but it was a real collaborative effort. We are very supportive of ways to improve fitness and have our own Health and Wellbeing initiative, which encourages employees in taking positive steps in their physical and mental health.’
The Health and Wellbeing Committee launched in November 2016 to engage and equip staff with tools and knowledge to create a healthy lifestyle. Initiatives include providing staff with ‘Free Fruit Mondays’ and healthy recipes, as well as competitions, screening and information events.