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The employees at Newcastle under Lyme based KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) are always willing to earn bumps and bruises in their quest to raise money for charity, and their latest challenges typify their determination.

The company's charity is The Donna Louise Children's Hospice this year, and it hopes to raise more than £10,000 from a series of events, with a cheque for the final total being presented to the Hospice following the company's bonfire and firework night in November.

The fundraising kicked off in May with what is now becoming an annual event, the shop floor versus staff football match, which took place recently at the Britannia Stadium, the home of Stoke City.

As always, this was a full-blooded event with no quarter asked or given with the spoils being shared on this occasion following a 2 -2 draw.

"This annual match certainly brings out the competitive side of both teams, but the money that we raised makes the aches and pains worthwhile," commented KMF Purchasing Manager Terry Stanway.

The next challenge facing the 18 strong team from KMF is a coast to coast cycle ride, which takes place early in September, leaving from Workington in Cumbria and finishing some 150 miles away in Sunderland.

The trip will be completed in just two and half days and, with three National Parks (Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and The North York Moors) to cross along the route; it will be a gruelling test of man, woman and machine.

It's not too late to help the team of riders from KMF on their way, and anyone wishing to help with additional sponsorship can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/terry-stanway and make a donation.

Melanie Mills, Director of Fundraising and PR at the Hospice, said: "The team at KMF is great and every penny they raise will help to make a difference to a local child and their family."

The money raised will help fund the hospice's £2.4 million annual running costs with support for nearly 180 families from across Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Further information on the fantastic work carried out by The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust can be seen here: www.donnalouisetrust.org

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