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Pedalling up the cash for charity

Worcester Editorial 18th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A CYCLING fanatic put pedal to the metal to complete a gruelling challenge for charity.

Robert Webb, who works at the Npower’s Oak House office in Warndon, took part in the energy supplier’s ’24-Hour’ fund-raising challenge by riding 200 miles, from Worcester to Great Yarmouth Power Station, for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The internal communications manager chose to turn this into a 48-hour challenge when he decided he would cycle back, making it a round trip of more than 400 miles, with over £300 raised.

Robert completed the first leg in just 20 hours despite battling through extreme fog and heavy rain. He cycled through Stratford-upon-Avon, Towcester, Northampton, Bedford, Cambridge and Norwich before arriving at the power station.

Spare lights, batteries, waterproofs, a change of clothing, a GPS and food and drink were taken with him.

“When I saw the challenge I thought, ‘Why not ride from there to our power station in Great Yarmouth?'”he said. “My hobby is long-distance cycling and it’s a little over 200 miles, so I thought it would be a comfortable 24-hour ride with the occasional stop for a coffee along the way.

“Macmillan is a great charity and having rowed the English Channel on another Npower challenge, I like to fund-raise for them when I can.”

The 24-hour challenge is part of Npower’s ’10 for 10’ campaign, which involves staff completing ten challenges throughout 2014. It marks the tenth anniversary of the company supporting Macmillan and aims to raise £150,000 for the charity.

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