Directors travel to Italy for charity ride

Things are heating up at PDS in preparation of managing director, Tim Fairley and commercial director, Pat Rice’s participation in the Granfondo Stelvio Santini Challenge.

On 7 June, the pair will be cycling over the Teglio, Mortirolo and Stelvio Passes in Northern Italy to raise money for Springhill Hospice, Rochdale. The hospice provides specialist palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It is an independent charitable organisation and relies on voluntary contribution in order to keep the doors open.

No strangers to charity fundraising, PDS recently became established ‘business buddies’ of Springhill Hospice and this year the company is ‘going all-out’ in order to raise as much money as possible for the hospice.

Tim and Pat will be cycling over two of Italy’s highest mountain passes in the Granfondo Stelvio Santini. They will start at Bormio in Northern Italy and finish at an altitude of 2,758m at the top of the Stelvio Pass, travelling via the Teglio and the Mortirolo (1,727m), covering 151km and a total ascent of 4,058m. The Stelvio Pass is the highest paved road in the Eastern Alps and climbs for over 24kms through some 48 hairpin bends.

The pair have been training hard for the event over the past few months, regularly embarking on 5am cycles before work and weekend cycles across the Pennines.

PDS has set a target to raise £10,000 and so far is about half way to achieving this.

If you’d like to support Tim and Pat through this challenge, donations can be made directly to Springhill Hospice via their Just Giving page.

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