Nortech set to take on 300-mile charity bike ride to support former employee
Staff at Nortech Group, the Wynyard-based professional engineering design and project management company, are to support a terminally ill former colleague, by cycling 330-miles from their offices in Wynyard to Aberdeen.
Matthew Mitchell, 48, who was an electrical engineer at Nortech, was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year.
Nortech has already raised £2,170 after the company matched the donations made by employees, which totalled more than £1,000. Fundraising for the bike ride has generated over £600 and the team’s target is £5,000. Charities to benefit are MacMillan Cancer Support, which has supported Matthew and his young family, as well as the Jo & Mya Memorial Fund, which supports bereaved children.
The bike ride is set to take place over a period of four days from September 12 - 16, when eleven Nortech colleagues will take to the road and tackle the 285 mile trip. The Nortech staff, including Bryan Bunn, managing director of Nortech, are now in training for their cycle challenge.
Matthew, who has a young family, said: “I am deeply moved by the generosity of my colleagues and the company, and am proud to have been a member of such a great team. I think that the bike ride is a great idea, if not overly ambitious. I have nothing but admiration for the determination and dedication of the Nortech team.”
Bryan Bunn said: “After hearing the terrible news about Matthew, we as a company felt it was necessary to support him and his young family by donating to MacMillan, which has supported them throughout this tragic ordeal, as well as to the Jo & Mya Memorial Fund, which goes to great lengths to support children who have lost a loving parent.
“Although the bike ride will be demanding, it will be worth it in the end as the money raised will help support two great causes that offer support in cases like Matthew’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with Matthew, his family and friends in this time of need.”
The Jo & Mya Memorial Fund was set up by Ian Richardson after his wife, Jo, and young daughter, Mya, were killed in a car crash. Ian and other volunteers offer support to children, who have been either directly impacted by the loss of an immediate family member and also for those who have family members directly affected by organ donation.