A Lancashire business has demonstrated that it will always go the extra mile for charity, as the team at Groundscare specialist the GGM Group have committed to a year of activity to support the North West Air Ambulance.
The activity kicks off with a company-wide sponsored cycle, with staff getting on their bikes and riding between their two depots in Haydock and Colne along the Leeds-Liverpool canal on Friday 12th August.
Over 20 team members, from across all departments, will take on the 95km route, finishing off with a well-deserved team bbq to celebrate.
The business, which operates across the North West and Yorkshire, is following in the footsteps of last year's highly successful charitable efforts, where the organisation raised over £10,000 for charities across the North West, and is keen to build on this success and keep the momentum running.
Managing Director Chris Gibson explain more: "Every year we aim to carry out a number of physical challenges to raise funds for our company charity and it's a huge highlight in our calendar. We've previously completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks and in 2020 we didn't let lockdown dampen our spirits, carrying out a charity walk and cycle ride in socially distanced stints. We're very much looking forward to this year's event and it's great so many team members want to get involved."
The event will raise money for the organisations chosen company charity of the year, the North West Air Ambulance, to help raise much needed funds during these difficult times. Since the charity launched in 1999, it operates 365 days a year and they have responded to over 24,500 missions across the Northwest and must raise over £9.5m each year to remain operational.
The GGM Group consists of two businesses across two depots. PSD Groundscare is the national distributor of specialist landscaping equipment including award winning innovative manufacturers Eliet and Koppl. GGM Groundscare is a specialist supplier of tractors and high-quality professional land-based equipment for commercial and domestic use. Servicing the North West and Yorkshire, it supplies a range of products from leading franchises including Kubota, Baroness and Amazone.
Chris Gibson concluded: "I am hugely proud of what our staff have committed to do and it is teamwork in the truest sense. Not everyone regularly cycles, yet they have committed to taking part in this challenge for our charity. As a family business, it's fantastic for us all to come together."
"It's a key part of our ethos at The GGM Group to give something back to the local community and North West Air Ambulance provide an essential service. Amazingly they receive no government or NHS funding so every penny we raise for the charity makes such a lifesaving difference."
To support the team and make a donation visit the Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the-ggm-group