Pedal power helps support colleague

Mick Charters (centre) and colleagues from Formica present a cheque to Abby Robinson, regional fundraiser for Parkinson's UK in the north east.
Mick Charters (centre) and colleagues from Formica present a cheque to Abby Robinson, regional fundraiser for Parkinson's UK in the north east.

Lycra-wearing manufacturing staff got on their bikes to help raise money for charity.

More than 30 colleagues and their families from plastics manufacturers Formica, in North Shields, cycled 40 miles to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.

The fundraiser – which started and ended at Formica’s offices as the riders cycled the Wylam Way – raised £1,600.

Employee Mick Charters, 54, of Wallsend, is living with Parkinson’s after being diagnosed six years ago.

He said: “I fundraise every year for Parkinson’s UK as they have been there for me every step of the way. Their support is first class, and so is the support from Formica. I hope the funds will make a real difference to those living with Parkinson’s in the region.”

“We are already planning our next cycling event for Parkinson’s UK in 2015 and it will be bigger and better than ever before.”

Employees from Formica have raised over £6,500 over the last three years through their annual cycle ride.

Formica have been incredibly supportive of Mick since he was diagnosed and give him the extra support he needs, so he can carry out his duties at the company effectively.

Abby Robinson, regional fundraiser for the north east at Parkinson’s UK, said: “I was delighted to meet Mick and his colleagues from Formica, to hear about their latest cycling adventure and how they have raised awareness of Parkinson’s through their fundraising.

“If there are other businesses in the north east who are supporting staff with Parkinson’s, I’d be very interested to meet with them to see how we can help.”

To find out more about organising an event or fundraising activity for Parkinson’s UK visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/fundraising