Over 100 cyclists turn out for DS Smith fundraiser in Louth

Over 100 cyclists took part. EMN-150928-165931001
Over 100 cyclists took part. EMN-150928-165931001

The Louth branch of DS Smith held their annual family charity bike ride in aid of Louth & District Hospice on Sunday September 13, raising more than £900 on the day after 100 cyclists took part.

Cyclists were invited to join the DS Smith pack as they made their way through the Lincolnshire Wolds, on their choice of either a 30 mile or 15 mile course.

The annual event, now in its third year, has collectively raised almost £4,000 since 2013, and in excess of 250 riders have participated over the past three years.

DS Smith’s Louth branch has recently been awarded a Healthy Heart Mark Bronze by national charity Heart Research UK, for supporting healthy lifestyle habits among its employees. In addition to regular cycle events, employees are offered advice on quitting smoking, encouraged to take more exercise, offered free fruit, daily water bottles, and meal vouchers for a healthy salad or breakfast.

Employees are also offered the opportunity to have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI and waist measurements checked.

Speaking ahead of the event Mike Nicholas, managing director at DS Smith Louth, said: “We are looking forward to another successful fundraising event this year, as we all recognise the important role the hospice plays in the community.

“What really makes the event a success is the participation of friends and family and people within the wider community who all rally together to raise money for a worthy, local cause.”