A team of enthusiastic cyclists from Virgin Trains have raised £655 for disabled children’s charity Unique Kidz and Co.
The cyclists, who are mainly based at Preston station and who do a wide range of jobs at Virgin, raised the funds by selling specially designed cycle jerseys with both the Unique Kidz and Virgin Trains logos.
The cyclists come from across the country including Blackpool, Morecambe, Preston, Wigan, Blackpool, Glasgow and Wolverhampton.
Les Lavercombe, a train manager from Morecambe, said: “We like to get together once a month or so to do a cycle run for all levels of cyclists within the company.
“The cost of our jerseys was supported by Virgin Trains and all the team paid £25 for their own.
“It means we can now cycle as a team with our fully branded jerseys on.
“We chose to support Unique Kidz and Co as we know that they are a small local charity with big plans and we wanted to help.
“We are hoping to get involved in more fundraising for Unique Kidz and Co this year, taking part in cycle challenges as a team and involving the whole Virgin Trains company.”
Jane Halpin, co-founder at Unique Kidz and Co, said: “This is a wonderful and most welcome donation.
“We are currently developing a new centre in Lancaster which is due to open in April and we need to raise £75,000 to kit it out, so the £655 raised by the staff at Virgin Trains will be put to good use in purchasing essential equipment we need in order to open the centre.”