Nineteen employees from the KMF Group took a break from sheet metal fabrication and engineering to cycle from Stoke City to Leicester with the Stoke City Community Trust.
KMF employees joined a group of 50 local residents to cycle the 68 miles from Stoke City Football Club to Leicester City's King Power Stadium.
The charity cycle ride was to raise money for the Stoke City Community Trust which encourages health and wellbeing by helping local initiatives and charities through their community fund scheme. KMF is a platinum community partner to the trust and raised around £2,850 for the Trust.
The cycle ride took the team about six hours with breaks and a lunch stop, and they arrived just in time for the Stoke vs. Leicester match; which for many of the Stoke City FC supporters ended with a disappointing 2-0 victory for Leicester City.
KMF Finance Manager, Neil Owen, who took part in the event said:
"I think a great day was had by all, which was a great bonus on top of the main aim of raising funds for Stoke City's Community Trust. I was pleased to take part with the Trust helping a wide variety of local causes, plus promoting health & education through sport, this despite myself being a Port Vale fan!"
"It was a tough day with changing weather, a cold start, rain and later some warm sunshine just when we were at our most tired. Some of us did have to do a few extra miles due to our poor navigation skills, but this all added to the fun and camaraderie of the day. I also got to spend time with other employees I don't normally meet at KMF and with other Community Trust partners, many of us physically pushing ourselves on the day to a distance never cycled before."
Community Trust Fundraising Officer Steve Hunt added: "The money that is raised is distributed to various causes who apply to us for grants. We have done these cycle rides in the past, and it is a case of the more the merrier. Everyone taking part will get a ticket to the game and we have some vans to get the bikers back to the Potteries".
A special thank you to Ayudante C.I.C, Tollgate Stoke and Booker Wholesale for their bike maintenance and refreshments, keeping our cyclists well fed and on the road. Also, a massive thank you to BETD Cycle Components for the special cycle shirts, which did their best to keep the KMF riders dry!
To read more about the KMF partnership with the Stoke City Community Trust visit our KMF community page.