PHG charity cycle ride raises £124,000 to help the environment

More than 70 riders from the plumbing, heating and bathroom industry raised over £124,000 with a 150-mile charity cycle ride hosted by buying group PHG.

The Plumbing and Heating Group event at the beginning of October took place over two days and saw the riders complete the course from Harrogate to Catterick Garrison, through the Yorkshire Dales and back again over the North Yorkshire Moors and was organised by Tour de Force Events.

Proceeds from the PHG Revolution 150 Charity Cycle Ride provided vital funds for the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage and The Woodland Trust, which is concerned with the creation, protection and restoration of native UK woodland heritage.

PHG chairman David Pochin said: “This unique event in our sector brought together PHG members and suppliers over two days to take on the challenge of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors and everything the weather could throw at them to raise money for two fantastic and very important charities. The determination shown by all the cyclists to complete the event was inspirational. PHG thanks everyone involved in making the event a huge success.”

Speaking on behalf of PHG member Plumco, managing director John Smith said: “The whole Plumco team were delighted to take part in such a unique event. Although it was a very tough ride, it was extremely rewarding. The camaraderie with all the riders, the PHG staff and the Tour de Force team was amazing. Not least of all, we did this wonderful bike ride and raised a lot of money for two very deserving charities, The Woodland Trust and Surfers Against Sewage, which ultimately was what the event was all about – PHG and its suppliers raising money for charity.”

Speaking on behalf of one of the event’s main sponsors, Ideal Heating, head of brand marketing Luke Pykett said: “We are extremely proud to be one of the main sponsors of the PHG Rev150. Ideal Heating have been long-term strategic partners of PHG and we jumped at the opportunity to support the charities involved. It was a challenging few days with fluctuating weather conditions that was made enjoyable by the camaraderie and spirit from everyone.”

The PHG buying group has 15 members with 276 branches throughout the UK.

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