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Adam gets on his bike for Marie Curie

Colleagues support cycle superstar - PPDG staff from left to right: Roy Betambeau, Emma Davies, Adam Saunders, Deborah Hunt, Gurjeet Grewal

Colleagues support cycle superstar – PPDG staff from left to right: Roy Betambeau, Emma Davies, Adam Saunders, Deborah Hunt, Gurjeet Grewal

A Telford man was so overwhelmed by a workmates battle against breast cancer that he undertook an 84 mile cycle challenge raising over £700 for charity.

Adam Saunders, who works for Telford employment and training specialists Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), rides to the office in Central Park every day and decided to raise funds for Marie Curie after learning that colleague Debra Hunt had been diagnosed with cancer.

A final count of the sponsorship monies collected confirmed just over £700, which included a £250 donation from the company, had been raised and will be donated to Marie Curie hospices.

“Deborah is an inspiration to all the team,” said Adam. “And we’re all pleased that she’s now on the road to recovery.”

The administrator is being treated at the Lingen Davies Centre in Shrewsbury and regularly chats to the Marie Curie staff.

“I spoke to them at the beginning of my cancer treatment and they simply said that if I needed anyone to give them a call, it’s something that’s always stuck with me.” said Deborah.

“Fortunately I have very a supportive circle of friends and some brilliant workmates, it was Adam’s suggestion to fund raise for the charity. Everyone got behind him with sponsorship so we could make a sizeable donation, it’s been a terrific effort.”

Adam is a keen cyclist having taken advantage of the company’s ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme.

“The business encourages us to get involved with healthy activity and this is the second bike I’ve purchased through the scheme,” said Adam. “You buy a bike on instalments through your salary, there’s no National Insurance or tax to pay so you save around 35% of the cost and keep fit. Cycling to work is one thing and riding across the Pennines was another but a trip worth taking for any cancer charity.”

Deborah is making steady progress and almost back at work full time and of course, eternally grateful to have such great mates.

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