A team from Wollaston BMW and MINI is taking on 900 miles cycling from Munich to Northampton to raise £30,000 for a life-saving plasma exchange machine to be installed at Northampton General Hospital.
Michael York, Jon Baish, Peter White and Dan Bailey will set off from the BMW headquarters in Munich on Sunday June 7 and head to Paris, followed by London and Oxford before completing their journey in Northampton on Sunday June 21.
Explaining their motivation, Michael York, service manager at Wollaston BMW, explains: “Two years ago I underwent a kidney transplant at Northampton General Hospital. The care I received was second to none and, now I’m back to full fitness, I wanted to help make a difference to others undergoing similar treatment.
“It’s going to be tough, but I’m grateful that I’m able to be at the start line.”
The challenge, sponsored by Northampton-based Oradi Dental and Old House Bar and Kitchen, will culminate in an open leg from Wollaston’s sister retailer in Oxford where the core team will be joined by staff, family and sponsors. All involved will then join together for a celebratory party at Old Northamptonians Rugby Club.
Head of business at Wollaston, David Glover said: “The support received from local businesses and individuals has been terrific and we are well on our way to our target. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. And if you haven’t there’s still time to dig deep!”
“As a business we’re incredibly proud of the team of cyclists and we’re looking forward to welcoming them back and celebrating their achievement on June 21.”