Fourteen National Grid employees cycled between two National Grid’s interconnectors, raising over £20,000 for MASKS (Make a Special Kid Smile) and Primrose Hospice.

A team of Fourteen National Grid cyclists completed the 411km bike ride from Blyth to Bicker Fen, in-between two of National Grid’s interconnectors, raising over £20,000. The cyclists travelled from North Sea Link in Blyth to Viking Link in Bicker Fen over a three-day period. The route traverses the North York Moors and the Lincolnshire Wolds, crossing the Tyne and the Humber rivers.

North Sea Link connects the UK with Norway, and Viking Link connects the UK with Denmark.

  • Day One – Blyth to Helmsley – 151km
  • Day Two – Helmsley to Market Rasen – 160km
  • Day Three – Market Rasen to Bicker Fen – 100km

National Grid match-funded the charitable contributions by almost £10,000 in donations, equivalent to £400 per cyclist team. Additional donations of £2,000 each were made by BritNed and NemoLink.

The fourteen cyclists had a seven-person support team as they crossed the country and were greeted by colleagues from across National Grid along with representatives from MASKS and Primrose Hospice upon their arrival at Viking Link in Bicker Fen.

“As a business that touches every corner of the country, working with local communities is at the heart of what National Grid does. I am delighted that the team has been able to raise so much money for such important causes whilst also achieving such a physical feat.”mbv

Phil Sandy, Operations Director – Interconnectors at National Grid and one of the cyclists

“The children and young people attending our schools have severe and profound learning difficulties, and so will greatly benefit from the funds raised. Every penny raised for MASKS by the National Grid will go to funding communication devices which allow individuals to have a voice and be heard, such a fundamental human function. Everyone associated with the school community is extremely grateful to be the beneficiary of this charity ride – thank you National Grid!”.

Bradley Taylor, Principal of The Vale Federation of Special Schools which MASKS directly supports

“All of us at Primrose are thrilled and delighted that the team of National Grid cyclists chose our charity as one of their beneficiaries from their fundraising. We want to sincerely thank them for their efforts, which will help us to continue supporting patients with life-limiting illnesses and families, providing them with the care and support they need during difficult times”.

Adam Siviter, Fundraising Manager at Primrose Hospice

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