Peterborough pedal power helps raise charity cash

The Coloplast team
The Coloplast team

Colleagues used pedal power to raise hundreds of pounds for charity in a big cycle race.

Ulrik Berthelsen, UK General Manager of Peterborough-based Coloplast, joined colleagues to complete the Tour of Cambridge Gran Fondo in aid of the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice.

The race is part of a range of activities Coloplast employees are taking part in in aid of their charity partner this year including The Peterborough Dragon Boat Race.

Mr Berthelsen qualified by completing the course in a time of 4 hours, 9 minutes, and 6 seconds.

Other employees racing with Mr Berthelsen included public affairs manager Greg Quinn and commercial excellence manager Gary Masters. In total £537.56 was raised via a dress down day, cake sale, and sweepstake.

The Tour of Cambridge Gran Fondo saw 5000 participants taking part on Sunday June 5.

At the start of the year, Coloplast announced a partnership with the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice in Peterborough, making it the company’s latest charity partner.

This came amid the loss of two long serving members of staff to cancer one of which, Karen Bell, received end-of-life care from the Sue Ryder hospice at Thorpe Hall. When the partnership was formed, Coloplast committed itself to raise £10,000 for the charity over the course of 2016. Ulrik and his colleagues who took part in the race have been able to add another £500 to their tally, by taking on the 80.2 mile cycling course. In total the medical devices manufacturer has now raised over £6,000 for their charity partner.

Coloplast UK General Manager Ulrik Berthelsen said: “I am absolutely delighted and proud that my Coloplast colleagues came out and cycled the Tour of Cambridge Gran Fondo with me. It is fantastic that we were able to help get towards our goal of raising £10,000 for the Sue Ryder hospice at Thorpe Hall.”