With this year's Tour de France starting on British shores, five
employees at a renowned Lancashire business are getting into the
cycling spirit with a 140 mile bike ride in aid of five causes
close to their hearts. 

From Friday 11th July until Monday 14th July, five colleagues
from Barnoldswick-based Silentnight, the UK's leading bed
manufacturer, will cycle from Whitehaven to Newcastle - a trek of
more than 140 miles on and off-road - to help raise money and
awareness for a host of charities. 

Site Engineering Manager Nigel Buck, 49, whose mother-in-law
suffered from Alzheimer before passing away in early 2013, will
rise of Alzheimer Society, while Maintenance Fitter Lee Lawson, 41,
will represent Pendleside Hospice, where his grandmother spent her
last few weeks before her death two years ago. 

Other members of this caring cycling party are Silentnight's
Mark Andrews (49), Pat Corcoran (50) and Lee Smith (42), who will
pus hthe pedals for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Protate Cancer
UK and Cystic Fibrosis Trust respectively. 

"I was treated for cancer by the wonderfully dedicated team at
Airedale General Hospital back in 2006," said Warehouse Operater Mr
Andrews. "I feel privileged to now have the opportunity to give
back to charity through our Bikeathon and I hope to raise as much
money as possible for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research." 

Lee Smith, Maintenance Tape Edge Setter for Silentnight, said:
"My niece suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and as such, I will do
anything in my power to help raise awareness of the incredible work
done by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I'm sure the kind-hearted people
of Lancashire will show their support, as they so often do so

Steve Freeman, Silentnight Group Managing Director, said:
"Cycling 140 miles is no mean feat and we are extremely proud of
Nigel, Lee, Mark, Pat and Lee for going the extra mile to raise
money and awareness for such fantastic causes. 

"All of the staff at Silentnight will be getting behind the team
and we will be reporting their progress on our website and social
media chanels. Good luck guys!" 

Silentnight's corporate charity partner, Dreams Come True, which
cares for children with serious or life-limiting medical
conditions, will also benefit from the team's July bike

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