Hoover directors in charity cycle odyssey

Tour de France look out as two directors from appliance manufacturer Hoover have started a 1,200km charity bike ride across France.

Steve Macdonald, marketing director of Hoover’s freestanding division, and Kevin Finn, sales director for freestanding and built-in for Ireland, hope to raise £2,000 for their chosen charities.

The duo will tackle the Veloddyssey Cycle route along the Atlantic coast of France from Roscoff to Biarritz to raise funds for St John’s Hospice in Wirral and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Both charities are local to Hoover’s operations in Bromborough and Dublin.

The bike ride, Hoover said, is equivalent to 70,000 of the manufacturer’s tall larder fridge-freezers laid end-to-end.

Steve Macdonald commented: “Last year, I participated in the London to Paris cycle with the Wirral Hospice St John’s team. It was both challenging and enjoyable, but also gave me a greater understanding of exactly what Wirral Hospice provides for patients and families in their time of need.

“After becoming so in tune with the charity and team, I decided I simply couldn’t stand by and not make a contribution again in 2017. This year, I’ll be cycling up to 100 miles a day over eight days to raise money for the Wirral Hospice, so they can continue to care and support patients with life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer, heart, liver and kidney disease, and respiratory and neurological conditions.”

Kevin Finn added: “I’m really proud to be making a donation to the team at the Crumlin Children’s Hospital, who work tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of children in Ireland.

“My funds will contribute towards a much-needed piece of medical machinery that’s used for young patients undergoing spinal and neurosurgery procedures. My work is part of a bigger fund-raising effort by my friends in memory of their son, so it’s an issue close to home for me.”

To contribute to the team’s fund-raising efforts, see the following links: