Excitement brews in Gleeds Liverpool on dawn of 130-mile charity bike ride

Gleeds is about to have the standard for its ‘Global Challenge’ charity initiative set by an impressive endeavour from its Liverpool office. The usually desk-bound team, most of whom have not ridden a bike since their school days, will be participating in a mammoth 130-mile bike ride - one mile for every year the company has been trading.

The ride will be the first in a series of events taking place under the banner of the Gleeds Global Challenge, which will see the organisation attempting to raise at least £130,000 to commemorate its’ 130th year in business.

Setting off at 5AM tomorrow from their city centre office in Liverpool, the team of 11 will cycle along the famed Leeds and Liverpool Canal, with the Leeds Canal Basin as their final destination. All money raised will go to Zoë’s Place Children’s Hospice in Liverpool, which offers ‘home from home’ environments for babies and infants aged up to five years old, who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Discussing the upcoming event, director for Gleeds Liverpool Paul Boyle said: “It’s a huge privilege for the Liverpool office to be able to kick-off the Global Challenge. Zoë’s Place Children’s Hospice has a very special connection with Liverpool, and is extraordinary in its ability to provide 24-hour care for infants. Preparations are going well and we hope to make a significant contribution to Zoë’s Place and the Gleeds Global Challenge target.”

Carol Kirkham, fundraising manager at Zoë’s Place which was founded in Liverpool in 1995, said: “It’s brilliant to have Gleeds raising money for Zoë’s Place. It currently costs us £3,800 per day to maintain our current level of care, and fundraising efforts like this are key to our survival. We’ll be rooting the team on from the sidelines!”

To find out how you can support Zoë’s Place visit www.zoes-place.org.uk.