Sheffield workers get on their bikes for charity

Hans Hux, of B. Braun in Sheffield
Hans Hux, of B. Braun in Sheffield
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Staff at a healthcare firm have completed a ‘virtual’ Tour de France challenge and raised £4,000 for an air ambulance service.

Sheffield-based B. Braun Medical Ltd’s Corporate Challenge for 2014 saw employees take on ‘Le Tour de B. Braun’ – a 950-mile virtual bike ride to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

During the three-week period of the Tour de France, staff pledged to cycle a chosen distance on a static bicycle to make up part of the route across B. Braun UK locations, taking in Pudsey, Gloucester and Cardiff.

But staff got into the cycling spirit and took the challenge up a gear by clocking up more than 1,400 miles.

The last rider, work experience student Aleem Zaman, cycled for an hour and raised sponsorship of £560 from his family, friends, school and neighbours -–the most an individual raised throughout the challenge.

The 14-year-old was presented with a trophy in recognition of his feat.

Hans Hux, group chief executive of B. Braun, said: “Employees of all fitness levels were able to get involved in this event and I am so impressed with the team – they smashed their target several days before the end of the challenge.”

Abby McClymont, YAA marketing and communications manager, added: “We are delighted the ‘Tour de B. Braun’ has been such a success and would like to sincerely thank all the staff that took part in the challenge.

“A special thank you and well done should also be given to Aleem for his sterling efforts with his fundraising.”