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Published on May 18th, 2017 | by The GC Team


Hoover takes on 745 mile bike ride for charity

Two directors from kitchen appliance manufacturer Hoover are preparing for a 1,200km charity cycle ride across France to raise funds for two causes: St. John’s Hospice in Wirrall in the UK, and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin, ROI. Steve Macdonald (pictured), marketing director of Hoover’s freestanding division and Kevin Finn, sales director of Hoover freestanding and built-in Ireland, hope to raise £2,000 (€2,400) to be split between the two charities.

The Velodyssey Cycle takes a 745m route along the Atlantic coast of France from Roscoff in the north west to Biarritz in the south west. Steve Macdonald said: “Last year, I participated in the London to Paris cycle with the Wirral Hospice St John’s team. It was both challenging and enjoyable, but also gave me a greater understanding of exactly what Wirral Hospice provides for patients and families in their time of need.

“After becoming so in tune with the charity and team, I decided I simply couldn’t stand by and not make a contribution again in 2017. This year, I’ll be cycling up to 100 miles a day over eight days to raise money for the Wirral Hospice, so they can continue to care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart, liver and kidney disease, respiratory and neurological conditions.”

Kevin Finn added: “I’m really proud to be making a donation to the team at the Crumlin Children’s Hospital, who work tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Ireland.

“My funds will contribute towards a much-needed piece of medical machinery that’s used for young patients undergoing spinal and neurosurgery procedures. My work is part of a bigger fundraising effort by my friends in memory of their son, so it’s an issue close to home for me.”

With the full support of the wider Hoover team, Steve and Kevin will start their unaided bike ride on 1st June 2017Those wanting to contribute to the team’s fundraising efforts can use the following links:



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