LNT Group (“LNT”) employees and their associates completed 106km stretch of the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday to raise money for the LNT Foundation (the “Foundation”) charity. Established by LNT Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson in 2014, the Foundation aims to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals. The success of the LNT team marks the largest sponsorship donation the LNT Foundation has received to date.
With t-shirts sponsored by Fat Lad at the Back (“FLAB”), cyclists from the LNT team knew the challenge they had ahead of them. Signing up for an exhausting race in aid of the Foundation was no mean feat, with up-hill struggles all members of the LNT team completed the challenge.
Lawrence Tomlinson said:
“Well done to the LNT team- it looked gruelling! I wish I could have joined them but couldn’t be more grateful for how much they have raised for Foundation. I set up the Foundation so it undertake the charitable intentions of the LNT Group. We want to help people directly and the Foundation reaches those that the larger charities might not. To reward the massive effort made I will personally write a cheque to double the £3000 raised to £6000.”
Commenting after completing the ride, team member Colin Taverner (LNT Financial Director) said:
“Wow, what a difficult ride. We weren’t helped by the weather either but support from the Yorkshire public was unbelievable throughout and spurred us on. The professionals even found it a tough ride! It’s hard to describe the immense satisfaction at completing the course alongside the whole team, raising more than £3,000 for the Foundation.”
In its first year of operation, the Foundation provided funds to many causes such as Christmas dinners for the lonely, respite outings for vulnerable individuals and community groups and equipment to adapt the living space for individuals who had suffered life changing injuries.
Richard Bye, Founder of FLAB and team sponsor added:
“I want to congratulate the team on a sterling effort today. Fat Lad at the Back are all for reminding people how rewarding, and fun, exercise can be – they look pretty shattered but I am sure today will be an achievement the team will never forget! Most importantly, it was all in aid of a good cause, the LNT Foundation.”
With it funds bolstered the Foundation is now looking for more worthy causes to support and hopes to spread their good work even further this year.