A Mercedes-Benz Vans team of more than 100 riders and supporters completed a gruelling sponsored cycle and smashed their £20,000 fund-raising target.
Temperatures approached 30ºC on the day of the event in July as colleagues representing the manufacturer and its Dealer Network, as well as customers, suppliers and friends, pedalled the 62 miles from Manchester to Blackpool.
It was the second year running that Mercedes-Benz Vans has taken part in the annual event, which is organised by The Christie cancer charity. In 2017 the Mercedes-Benz contingent raised £13,500 for Parkinson’s UK. This year they rode in support of Cancer Research as well as Parkinson’s UK, and the total raised has now reached nearly £22,500.
Front of mind for many as they racked up the miles was Martyn Donnelly, a former van sales manager who worked for two Mercedes-Benz Dealers in the North-East. A keen cyclist, Martyn passed away last October, aged just 55, after losing his two-year battle with stomach cancer.
The Mercedes-Benz Vans cyclists were delighted to be joined on the ride by The Don Clan – an 11-strong team comprising relatives and friends of Martyn, headed by his son James, for whom this was just the latest in a string of fund-raising events staged in his name.
Martyn’s widow Lynn and other family members were also there to wave the cyclists off and greet them as they crossed the finish line on Blackpool’s South Promenade.
“What a fantastic effort!” she said. “Martyn loved working for the Mercedes-Benz brand and it was wonderful to see so many friends and former colleagues helping to preserve his memory. We all had a wonderful day; I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”