A total of seven members of the Vacu-Lug, Grumac and D. X. Freight teams based at the Grantham headquarters of Vacu-Lug donned their Lycra recently to join a total of 25 cyclists taking part in the Naomi Fund Bike Challenge 2013.  The Challenge is a major charitable event dedicated to raising funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, the Kingfisher Ward at Grantham Hospital and Heart Link, the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester-based charity which supports the families of children with congenital heart disorders.

Following a gruelling 138-mile ride from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to Grantham, the cyclists participating in this year’s Challenge succeeded in raising the sum of £20,875.25, an amount far in excess of that originally envisaged.

The event was organised by Mark Angeloni, D. X. Freight’s Contract Logistics Manager who manages logistics for Vacu-Lug and is based at Vacu-Lug’s Grantham headquarters.  “The team did extremely well, worked well together and exceeded all expectations,” reports Mark.  “Our overall target when we thought up the idea last September was just £3,000, but I’m delighted to be able to say it has continued mushrooming since then!”

The roll of honour from Vacu-Lug’s Grantham base is as follows:

John Parsons (Financial Director, Vacu-Lug)

Chris Watson (OTR Logistics Manager, Vacu-Lug)

Jason Humphries (Logistics Manager, Vacu-Lug)

Simon Neal (Distribution Department, Vacu-Lug)

Kevin Storey (Grumac)

Mark Angeloni (D. X. Freight)

Martin Warburton (D. X. Freight)

“It’s always gratifying when people come together like this to raise much needed funds for such deserving causes,” says Tim Hercock, Vacu-Lug’s Managing Director.  “It’s also particularly pleasing to see the event involved staff from all three organisations based on our site at Grantham and our sincere congratulations go to all concerned for the magnificent sum raised.”

The Naomi Fund was set up in memory of Grantham girl Naomi Fardell, who was born with a heart defect which claimed her life aged just two.  Since her death 13 years ago, her family has raised more than £100,000 for the hospitals which helped her during her short life.  For more on the Naomi Fund, see: http://thenaomifund.co.uk/

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