CPI staff take part in 800km cycle challenge to raise money for Teesside charity

CPI, along with other High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) partners, have organised and are taking part in an 800km cycle ride to raise money for local charity, the MFC Foundation. 

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This five day challenge started on Monday morning as the group of cyclists departed from Bristol. The five day ride will be a test of endurance as the cyclists make their way North to their final destination of Glasgow on Friday 5th July, stopping at all of the HVMC Centres on route. Last night (3rd July) the group cycled into The Wilton Centre, home of CPI’s Head office, as they completed the 185km third day of the challenge. Today the cyclists will call to both CPI sites in Darlington and Sedgefield before making their way further North to Gretna Green – the finish line for day 4.

All of the money raised by CPI will go to the Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) Foundation. The MFC Foundation aims to raise aspirations and improve the life chances of young people and adults across Teesside. They work in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Teesside, engaging with those who are hard to reach through the delivery of inspiring sport, education, health and inclusion projects. Find out more about the inspiring work of the MFC Foundation, visit their website here.

If you would like to support the CPI team as they take on this gruelling challenge please donate via Virgin Money Giving. Any contribution large or small will go towards making a difference in the local community. Follow the team’s progress to the finish line on twitter using: #HVMCCC2019

Graeme Cruickshank, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at CPI said: I am delighted that CPI is involved in this challenge. Completing the five days will be a huge achievement for everyone involved, not only is it a great opportunity to network with the other HVMC centres but we are raising money for such a great charity.”

Finally, CPI would like to thank Middlesbrough based On a Roll Sandwiches for their kind donation of sandwiches for the riders, these will be very much appreciated during the challenge.

CPI cyclists with CPI's COO Frank Millar and CEO Nigel Perry receiving the baton which is being passed between all HVMC Centres on the route
CPI cycling team
Cycle challenge team with cyclists representing all seven HVM Catapult Centres