Fifteen employees from Essar’s Stanlow refinery, together with family and friends, rode in this year’s Liverpool-Chester bike ride for Claire House Children's Hospice.
Beginning at the Countess of Chester Health Park some of the team took on the 25-mile route making their way through the Wirral countryside, before finishing the ride in Liverpool after cycling through the Queensway Tunnel. Others tackled the 50 mile Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool return trip and the gruelling 50 mile ‘Cheshire Challenge' including the Delamere Forest route. One enthusiastic peddler even managed the 100 mile challenge.
The fundraising has recently totalled at over £3,000, which was matched by the company totalling in over £6,000 being donated to Claire House.
Emma Wolfe, Corporate Fundraising Coordinator at Claire House Children's Hospice, said: “It is fantastic that Essar employees take part in the Liverpool Chester bike ride year on year to raise funds for their local Children’s Hospice. Over the last six years we have seen an 84% increase in the number of children coming to Claire House. To meet the demand, we need to have two children’s hospices, one on the Wirral and one in Liverpool, and to extend our services out into the community. We have recently launched a major appeal to raise the funds needed for us to reach out to more children and families. On behalf of everyone at Claire House, we would like to say a big thank you to Essar.”
The charity helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life.