Mercedes-Benz Commercial vehicle Dealer Group, Rygor Commercials, sweated it out last week to help raise money for its employee-nominated Charities of the Year: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Hope for Tomorrow and Dorothy House Hospice Care.
On what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, the Rygor team prepared to take on seven hours of cycling, on three static bikes in the showroom of the company’s Westbury head office.
On Thursday 25th July, 30 Rygor employees took part in the cycle challenge, along with Adam Baker from Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Lauren Booth, an ambassador for Wiltshire Air Ambulance who both put a stint in on the bikes too.
Earlier this year, Rygor launched its Wellness Programme, to highlight the importance of looking after ourselves and living a healthy life. As part of this, the company has already held charity ballet barre and yoga classes for its team and this latest fundraising event, once again put the spotlight on wellbeing as well as supporting important causes.
Adam Baker, communications manager at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “It’s fantastic to see a company like Rygor combine raising vital funds for local charities, with something that engages their staff. It was fantastic to be involved and thanks again to the team at Rygor in Westbury for their ongoing support of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.”
The fundraising event was made possible through the support from Snap Fitness of Trowbridge who kindly provided the three spin bikes for the event.
Natasha Lysandrou, club manager at Snap Fitness Trowbridge, said: "When Kate approached myself about supporting a cycling event for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Dorothy House and Hope for Tomorrow, I was more than happy to help in whatever way possible. From myself and my team at Snap Fitness Trowbridge, we hope everyone who took part enjoyed themselves supporting these three great charities."
Phillipa Watson, philanthropy manager at Dorothy House Hospice Care, who came down to Rygor to watch the event start, said: “It was so good to be able to support the staff at Rygor as they commenced their annual charity cycle challenge. I was relieved I was merely spectating as it was a very hot day, but this certainly didn’t daunt the enthusiasm of the Rygor staff who were queuing up to take part!”
Claire Cosgrove, head of fundraising & communications at Hope for Tomorrow, said: “We are always humbled by the physical challenges that our supporters put themselves through in order to raise funds for us (especially in the heat last Thursday). Go team Rygor, you’ve helped keep our wheels turning!”
Kate Ruberry-Shoemack, head of people and communication at Rygor, said: “The wellbeing of our team is of the utmost importance and events like the charity cycle ride are a great way of getting everyone together to take part in a fitness challenge which helps raise money for three charities very close to our hearts. So far we have raised more than £350 from this event, with donations still coming in. I would like to say a great big thank you to all our team members who took part, to Snap Fitness Trowbridge and to our charities.”
With 11 branches throughout Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, West London, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, Rygor are a multi award winning specialist Mercedes-Benz van and truck Dealership.