Marshall’s Cyclothon raises cash for charities


29-08-2013

Cycle4Summer, a Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group initiative which has been running for four weeks, is aimed at encouraging people to get fit and save money by cycling. Over 7,800 miles have been ridden and approximately 2026.3 Kg Carbon emissions have been saved, whilst saving the individual members £1002 between them into the bargain.

Now the Company is doing it for charity as well.  From noon today (29 August) to noon  tomorrow, Marshall is running a four-bike 24-hour Cyclothon in the Gipsy Moth Restaurant to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, Movember, Cancer Research and Milton Hospice.  The cyclothon waqs started at midday by Cllr George Pippas (Deputy Mayor of the City of Cambridge). 

George Pippas said: “I would like to thank the Marshall Group of Companies for inviting me to launch this 24-hour Cyclothon, which fits very well with my Council’s vision, which is for Cambridge to be a place where people matter; is a good place to live, learn and work; and a place which cares for the planet.  The promotion of cycling improves fitness, reduces dependency on cars and thereby reduces carbon emissions.  It is extremely commendable that the Company’s ‘Cycle4Summer’ initiative has been turned into a charity fund raising event.”

The respective team leaders and their chosen charities are

Malcolm Kitteridge (SEM for MLS)    MacMillan Cancer Support 
 Jamie Maguire (IT Business Analyst ADG)       Movember
George Thackray (QA Engineer ADG)        Cancer Research
 Fergus Thornton (Senior Systems Support Engineer)        Milton Hospice

The team leaders will keep their bikes going continuously for 24 hours with their team members taking it in turns every half hour or more for those that are really keen! 

The bikes will be provided by Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Cambridge, with which Marshall Sports and Social Club have a close relation.

Terry Holloway, Group Support Executive said: “The Company has a proud record of encouraging cycling and built the Airport Way Cycle Path in the 1980s alongside the airfield.  Subsequently we provided part of the cycle path which links Newmarket Road Park and Ride Site to the City Centre.” 

Holloway added: “We are particularly proud of our employees who raise much needed funds for charity”.

 www.cycle4summer.com

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For further information contact:                
TERRY HOLLOWAY
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport, Newmarket Road
Cambridge, CB5 8RX
Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile)
Email: th@marcamb.co.uk
www.marshallgroup.co.uk
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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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