Two leading charities in the region have received a cash boost thanks to the pedal power of a national property consultancy.
Teams from the Carter Jonas Yorkshire offices at Harrogate, Leeds, York and Boroughbridge were among 300 riders who took part in the Yorkshire Post-backed Yorkshire Pedalthon, raising £9,500 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance – enough to keep the helicopter in the air for a day and potentially saving up to three lives.
The Pedalthon also raised £4,500 for sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
David Boulton and David Aspland, both partners at Carter Jonas helped plan the event, with David Boulton completing the 80 mile Yorkshire Challenge, the gruelling alternative to the 40-mile Scenic Route.
Paul Berwin, senior partner at Berwins Solicitors in Harrogate – the event’s main sponsor – also completed the 80 mile course with some of his team.
Paul Berwin said: “Despite the unrelenting rain, it was a fantastic day, bringing together business colleagues from throughout the country.
“We’re delighted to have played our part in supporting two such deserving charities.”
Carter Jonas plans to make the Pedalthon a regular event in the region and the 2015 ride is already scheduled for May 8. It will raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Land Aid as a legacy event of the Grand Depart.
David Boulton said: “As a legacy event from this summer’s Grand Depart, there will be new routes, including a long ride of about 70 miles and a shorter ride of about 40 miles.
“Routes will be confirmed and registration will open in November and we are aiming to attract 450-500 riders.
“Iconic Cycling Events will be organising the 2015 challenge on our behalf and we are inviting firms to join Carter Jonas as partners and sponsors to maximise the benefit of their involvement.”
This year’s event was sponsored by Yorkshire-based Berwins Solicitors, chartered building surveyors Crowther Turnbull Booth and wind turbine specialists Earthmill.
Supporters included the Welcome to Yorkshire, Ripley Castle, Black Sheep Brewery, Heck Food, Yorkshire Provender, Brymor Ice Cream and Exquisite Handmade Cakes, English Heritage, Cycle Sense, CoStar Group and Ripon Land Rover.