3M cyclists pedal from Clitheroe to Bridlington for charity

The 3M riders and support crew at the end of their challenge
The 3M riders and support crew at the end of their challenge

A TEAM of cyclists from the 3M site at Clitheroe used their pedal power to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation’s “Heart of Blackburn Appeal”.

Eight riders completed a 150-mile challenge from Clitheroe to Bridlington, via York, along the Way of the Roses cross-country cycle route.

Their two-day effort is set to raise some £1,500 for the appeal, which has been established to buy ultrasound equipment for the treatment and diagnosis of heart disease at Royal Blackburn Hospital. The total included support from the 3M Care and Share matchfunding scheme.

The challenge was organised by Darren Jackson, a senior manufacturing technology engineer at the 3M Upbrooks site, which develops and manufactures valves and components for asthma inhalers.

“Most of the riders are not regular cyclists and have never done this kind of thing before,” explained Darren. “It was tough going at times, but we were all very pleased to have helped raise so much for such a good cause.”