An epic bike ride saw kind-hearted colleagues from T. C . Harrison Group raise more than £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
T. C. Harrison Group were joined by members of the Harrison family for the four-day challenge, which was aptly named the ‘Tour de TCH’, cycling around 10 of T. C. Harrison sites, covering an impressive 275 miles in total.
The first day of the gruelling challenge began at the TCH JCB depot in Chapeltown, before heading off past TCH Leasing, and finishing at TCH JCB in Lincoln. The next day, the team cycled from Lincoln to TCH Ford Spalding, finishing at TCH Ford Peterborough. The third day saw riders leave Peterborough and head to TCH Ford Huntingdon, where other members of the group were joined by the riders and travelled to TCH Ford St Neots and then up to TCH Ford Stamford. On the final day, the team headed off from Stamford to TCH Ford Burton, where again, members of the team joined the riders for the last stretch to TCH Ford site at Pride Park, Derby.
Joint-Deputy Chairman William Harrison, his wife Claire and Joel Harrison, son of current Chairman James Harrison, joined members of the T. C. Harrison Group’s Senior Management Team for the challenge, which took place from 3rd June to 6th June.
When the team reached Derby, there was a joint-cause for celebration – not only had they completed the gruelling bike ride, but it was also William’s 50th birthday.
Thanks to generous donations from customers and suppliers, the group raised an impressive £6,380 for the BHF, which is TC Harrison’s Partner of the Year, topped up to £10,000 by the TCH group. They have now raised over £13,000 for the BHF over the last few years.
A cheque presentation was held at the T. C. Harrison FordStore Derby, at Pride Park, on Wednesday 18th July. Among those in attendance was Michael Flude, who has recently been awarded the Hero of Derbyshire Award and the overall Police & Crime Commissioner Award for his tireless fundraising efforts and support of heart patients and their families and carers through Take Heart Derby.
The money raised by T.C. Harrison will help the BHF fund research into all heart and circulatory conditions, including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia, along with risk factors including diabetes. In the East Midlands alone, around 20,000 people devastatingly lose their lives to conditions including heart disease, stroke and heart failure every year.
The BHF wants a world without heart and circulatory diseases, so is funding vital research to keep hearts beating and blood flowing. Each year, the charity funds £100 million to find cures and treatments for these conditions.
T.C. Harrison Ford has worked with the BHF since 2015. They have organised numerous fundraising activities and have facilitated heart related awareness events, including CPR and defibrillator awareness sessions, for colleagues, other employees in the local area and members of the public.
In February 2016, thanks to funding from the BHF, a public access defibrillator was installed at the T.C. Harrison FordStore Derby. This is available 24/7 and is a valued asset to the many businesses and people within the Pride Park area. The provision also supports East Midlands Ambulance Service, enabling prompt local deployment of this potentially life-saving device.
Mark Creed, TCH Group H&S Manager said: “We were delighted to take part in this event and raise vital funds for the BHF, which is a cause that is very close to our hearts here at T.C. Harrison Group.
“The BHF is leading the fight against heart and circulatory disease in the UK, which is responsible for nearly 160,000 UK deaths each year – around one every three minutes. Through such fundraising efforts the BHF are able to fund new research, which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions.”
Derek Kilgariff, Fundraising Manager in Derbyshire at the BHF, added: “Thank you so much to T.C. Harrison for adopting the BHF as their charity Partner of the Year.
“Their fantastic fundraising efforts will make a real difference to people’s lives. There are over 110,000 people in Derbyshire alone, living with heart or circulatory problems, and we applaud companies like T.C. Harrison who will help beat heartbreak forever.”