02/09/2019 - 06/09/2019
For National Payroll Week 2019, HR & payroll company MHR are teaming up with Rainbows Children's Hospice for a multi-day charity bike ride and mountain climb, to raise money for life-limited children and young people.
Rainbows is the only hospice for children and young people in the East Midlands, and they are incredible at helping relieve symptoms, improving quality of life, providing end of life care and supporting parents as well as all the residents.
It’s hard to imagine a more worthwhile organisation to raise funds for than Rainbows and it’s based a few miles up the road from our Ruddington HQ. It’s great to support a local charity who look after people in the local area and give them the best care possible.
The Route Ahead
So, where are the team actually going?
We’ll be seeing a lot of England and Wales. First, there's over 250 miles of cycling to undergo, followed by over 12,000 feet of climbing to reach the summit of Snowdon.
We're doing all this to raise money for a great cause so the challenge is well worth it, and we're meeting our customers along the way to recognise the hard work payroll professionals do.
The map below is very rough and doesn't follow the exact route (scroll down to the route by clicking here).
Lee Hammond - Team Principal
1 Year at MHR
Our Team Principal, Lee, was in serious training for the event before a major cycle accident left him injured.
It’s not like Team MHR to give up, so Lee used his determination to move from cycling to making sure the event goes smoothly this September.
Organiser, Driver, Bike Mechanic, Promotor, and owner of an almost full NHS loyalty card, Lee is the man behind this great charity event.
Lee had this to say:
‘’This event is a first for MHR and I’m really excited to lead the team into the first charity event of this scale at the business and I’m hoping to build on this year by year.
Right now though, it’s all about the bike ride! I’m preparing for every eventuality, getting our Tour bus loaded up with everything we need for the trip ahead and making sure people know how to contribute and where to follow the event!
My snack for the drive? Mostly coffee if I’m honest…’’
Day 2: Solihull (CIPP) to Mold
In the morning we'll be paying a visit to our good friends, and creators of the UK National Payroll Week at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).
After warming up our minds and bodies by rolling past Solihull’s many parks, we are going to dig deep for the longest stage of Le Tour de Payroll all the way to Mold in North Wales. Let’s hope the picturesque Welsh countryside is a good enough distraction from our burning muscles as we push our way through the country.
Day 3: Mold (Flintshire County Council) to Rhyl (Rhyl Fire Station) to Conwy
As we get motivated to keep pushing through Wales under the shadow of Mold Castle, we look forward to meeting some more of our customers.
Starting in Mold, we’re going to pop in for a cuppa at Flintshire Council, and meet some of their people to understand the organisation better.
Then it’s another tough day putting our collective lung capacities to the test, ending up with a group of people who are athletes for a living, day in, day out. Who do we mean?
The firefighters and the rest of the team at Rhyll Community Fire Station. This is another great location and we love the way the station includes a community centre to offer facilities to local residents, while raising awareness around fire safety and other issues.
Day 4: Conwy (Conwy County Council) through Snowdonia to Llanberis
Our final day begins by visiting our friends at Conwy County Council! Travelling via the stunning Nant Ffrancon Pass between Bethesda and Llyn Ogwen, we’ll have time to think about the money we’ve raised and how lucky we are to do something so worthwhile.
Even for regular cyclists this is a big challenge, but we are doing it to support young people in far tougher circumstances, so it’s all worth it.
Day 5: Snowdon
What better cooldown for a cross-country bike ride than climbing the biggest mountain in Wales?!
With a huge achievement and an unthinkable number of miles behind us, we can climb Mt. Snowdon, take in the view each time we stop at a higher point; and consider what more we can do to make difference in future.