Wind farm technicians to cycle coast to coast in aid of friend with terminal cancer
PEDALLING ACROSS COUNTRY: Pictured ahead of their coast to coast charity cycle ride are Siemens staff, from left, Martyn Charles, Dave Carrington and Mark Lloyd. Below, Aaron Winstanley.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 30 Mar 2017
A group of wind farm technicians are getting ready to cycle coast to coast across England in order to raise funds for a co-worker who is currently battling terminal cancer.
Dave Carrington, Mark Lloyd and Martyn Charles who work for Siemens at the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind farm, are planning to cycle 210 miles from Southport all the way to Hornsea, in order to raise money for their friend and co-worker Aaron Winstanley who was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 28.
The technicians are hoping to raise £10,000 which will be split two ways, with half of the money going to help Aaron and his family as he goes through cancer treatment, and the other half going to the Dove House Hospice in Hull.
The journey across the country has so far garnered quite a lot of support, especially among those working in the wind industry, as 35 people from all over the UK have signed up to take part, many of whom worked at some point with Aaron.
The bike ride is expected to take the team around three days to complete, as they are planning to cycle roughly 70 miles a day, starting at 8.30am on Friday, March 31, and finishing in the evening on Sunday, April 2, in Hornsea.
The route has been chosen primarily because it will allow inexperienced riders to take part, and also because it will pass the Siemens blade factory in Hull, and at the finishing line in Hornsea you are able to see the windfarm where the group and Aaron worked.
Organiser Mark Lloyd said: "We got the idea to do the coast to coast bike ride because Aaron is a very passionate cyclist, and we wanted to do something for him that would relate to him.
"At first we didn't think that very many people would want to take part, but ever since we started organising everything a few months ago it has just snowballed, and we have had so many responses from people who are wanting to lend some support and help Aaron.
"35 people are set to take part, but it really could have been so many more, as more than 50 people had shown an interest, but a number couldn't make it due to work and family reasons.
"The wind industry isn't very large here in the UK at the moment, with only about 800 people employed in the sector, and as Aaron had worked at a number of different sites around the country, he was quite well known and popular, so the support for him has been tremendous, I know that it sounds a bit cheesy, but we are like one big family and we just want to help out a member of that family in any way that we can."
Siemens, Avis and Figs Aaron and the team's employer at the windfarm, have also been very helpful in helping to organise the event, offering to pay for hotels, petrol money and equipment, to make sure that the guys are not put out of pocket when trying to raise money for their friend.
JC Cooks in Humberston have also lend some support, providing a bike for a raffle, along with providing free bike servicing for the trip, and the crew from Northern Shore Services have donated £500 to the cause.
So far £3675 has been raised, and the group have set up a JustGiving page to help raise as much money as possible, which will be open until the end of April, as they hope to hit their target of £10,000.
The cyclists will also be doing a mobile collection along the route, as they hope that they may be able to gather even more donations as they travel across the country.