A 2,400-mile cycle tour of the UK kicks off next week in a charity initiative involving hundreds of Sita UK employees.
The company’s Big Ride relay, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, leaves Aberdeen, one of the company’s most northern facilities, on 12 May and will finish at its most southerly facility in St Erth, Cornwall, on 20 June (see map below).
Nearly 300 Sita staff, from binmen and women to board members, will complete the cross-country cycle in “relay” legs taking in 100 company sites.
Participants can ride as many legs as they want and all have been given a day off work.
The individual legs range from three to 100 miles in length and all participants have been encouraged to raise at least £50 in sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sita chief executive David Palmer-Jones, will be riding a 27-mile leg from Aylesbury to the company’s head office in Maidenhead on 5 June.
Palmer-Jones said: “Cancer is something that affects us all which is why, as a company, we have chosen to give something back by attempting to raise enough money to fund a Macmillan nurse for a whole year.
“We decided on The Big Ride because we wanted to stage an event that would encourage collaboration between our numerous sites, include a large majority of our nearly 6,000 strong workforce in one way or another and promote a healthy lifestyle.”
Pictured above are: Clare Rees (HR manager), Nick Walther (senior procurement manager) and Steven Melia-Chamberlain (timber recycling plant operative)