Yamazaki Mazak Employees at machine tool supplier cycle for charity

Editor: Eric Culp

A number of workers at Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester have ridden their bicycles some 200 miles to raise money for charity.

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Employees Steve Woolley, Graham Christie, Rob Grimes, Gerry Haines and John Vinall cycled along Offa’s Dyke, the ancient border between England and Wales, in a four-day event that raised £2,850 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The proceeds have gone toward providing the local hospice with a new nurse call system, wall-mounted televisions and DVD players. Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care and support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.

Steve Woolley, team leader at Mazak, said: “We all knew that Offa’s Dyke would be a physical challenge, but we hadn’t accounted for the bad weather! The final summit was a real struggle as we ascended a staggering 1,450 feet in just three miles in the driving wind and rain. The summit itself was shrouded in cloud but we toasted our success with a well-earned cup of tea.

Last year, employees from Mazak walked more than 70 miles across Scotland, raising over £4,000 for the children’s charity.

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