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Newbury firm donates bikes to West Berkshire Mencap

"Stryker Biker" event hailed a success

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

Newbury firm donates bikes to West Berkshire Mencap

A WEST Berkshire children’s charity has benefitted from a donation of 36 bicycles thanks to the efforts of sales staff at a Newbury firm.

Staff at Newbury-based medical technology company, Stryker, used its annual sales team-building event to construct bicycles for children, which were then donated to Mencap.

More than 350 members of staff took part in a team challenge in which they had to put 36 bikes together as quickly as possible.

The Stryker Biker event was held at Madejski Stadium with some of the children set to benefit from the bikes also paying the team a visit on the night.

Chief executive of West Berkshire Mencap Leila Ferguson said: “We are so grateful to Stryker for holding such a fun event and to say the children are thrilled with their bikes is an understatement.

“Their donation has enabled a lot of siblings to go out cycling together, which means they can spend quality time getting active, which is always a good thing.”

Teams from Stryker, based in Hambridge Road, had to complete fun forfeits such as riding unicycles, a three-legged race and even cheerleading to win the necessary parts and tools to construct the bikes.

The finished articles were delivered to West Berkshire Mencap’s office the next day.

Event co-organiser and executive assistant at Stryker UK Elaine Broadhurst said: “We are a global company, but we really wanted to do something that was meaningful and that would benefit a local charity.

“We chose West Berkshire Mencap as I know first-hand that it offers such vital support to people with learning disabilities and we wanted to give something to the children who use its services.”

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