npower Employee Takes To His Bike In Support Of Macmillan Cancer Support
Released on: August 16, 2011, 5:04 pm
Npower employee Steven Jones and his friend Rob Smart, both 26
years old and from Stourbridge, have eschewed the idea of a local bike
ride for charity; instead, they have entered the London to Paris bike
ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. They will be covering 300
miles - or 470km - in just four days, starting from St Pancras station
on August 17 and finishing up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on August
Steve, who works for npower and Rob, who
works for Structural Design Partnership Ltd, have been friends since before they
could walk, let alone ride a bike. They both attended Greenfield Primary School and
then Redhill Secondary; both have done some road cycling in the past, but nothing on
the scale of their forthcoming challenge. Steve is a keen downhill mountain biker,
and Rob a regular cross country cyclist but London to Paris, a long distance road
challenge, is completely different. Both friends have been in training for some time
and can now cope with cycling around 150 miles a week.
They aim to raise at least £1,400 each for Macmillan. Steve explained: "This year
is Macmillan's Centenary and, speaking with friends and family, everyone has a
story to tell of how Macmillan has helped someone they know. Macmillan wouldn’t be
able to do the great work that they do without regular financial support - we were
looking for a challenge, Macmillan is an incredibly worthy cause; it seemed like an
Up until now, they have been riding their off-road bikes but, following a practice
ride on the MacRide Elgar, when they borrowed road bikes and found the whole
experience faster, easier and more comfortable they are looking to buy road bikes in
time for the event.
As an extra incentive, npower, has promised to match Steve’s fundraising, up to£1,000. The fundraising is on track and anyone who is willing to sponsor the dynamic
duo should go to www.justgiving.com/teams/london2paris.
npower is one of Britain's largest electricity suppliers and supplies
gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.
npower has been awarded platinum status in Business in the Community’s CR Index and
is one of twenty-nine companies to have achieved the CommunityMark since its launch.
All CommunityMark achievers have been recognised for demonstrating excellence in
their holistic and strategic approach to community investment.
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing
practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people
affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will
get cancer. Two million of us are living with and beyond cancer. If you are affected
by cancer, Macmillan can help.
If you’re living with cancer, the good days really matter. Macmillan is there to
help you have more good days. For answers, support or just a chat, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 - no matter what your
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