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Businesses in Lothian urged to get on their bike for Breast Cancer Now

Posted: 9th March 2020

Businesses in Lothian are being encouraged to get on their bike for a good cause and register to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s Tour de Scotland fundraising cycling challenge.

On 6th and 7th May 2020 local businesses will go head-to-head as they cover a 550km virtual route on a specialist Wattbike, racing across Scotland to raise money for Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity.

Tour de Scotland is a fun team event that brings together staff across an organisation to take part in 15-minute static cycling sessions across two days, covering 32 slots each day. A bespoke website with a live leader board will chart progress where participants can compare their times with other cyclists and businesses in a bid to be crowned the winning team, fastest female or fastest male. There is also a prize for the organisation that raises the most money for the charity.

A specialist Wattbike is provided to all organisations taking part in the challenge alongside fundraising materials and a communications pack. Businesses must pledge to raise £2,000 for Breast Cancer Now.

All money raised through Tour de Scotland will go to Breast Cancer Now. Tour De Scotland 2020 will help the charity to fund world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care.

Kirsty Potter, Community Fundraising Manager, Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity said:

 “We’re looking for businesses and organisations in Lothian to sign up for Tour de Scotland 2020, our fun indoor-cycling challenge. We will provide all equipment and cheer you on as you compete with other businesses in a bid to become our Tour de Scotland Champion 2020!

 “Over the last six years Tour de Scotland has raised around £60,000 for Breast Cancer Now which has helped fund innovative breast cancer research and life-changing services to make sure anyone diagnosed with breast cancer is supported to live well.

 “Despite decades of progress in research and care, around [1]700 people in Lothian are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and around 140 people in the area still lose their life to the disease.

“By taking part in the challenge local businesses will be helping Breast Cancer Now to continue to fund world-class research and life-changing care, for anyone affected by breast cancer. Your generous support will help take us closer to our ambition that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live and be supported to live well.”

Network Rail has been participating in the Tour de Scotland, for the last three years raising over £7,700 for Breast Cancer Now. Campbell Watson, Development Manager, Network Rail explains why they signed up to the challenge:

Everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer so it’s crucial that we continue to support Breast Cancer Now’s research and support services.

 “I have really enjoyed being involved in organising and participating in the Tour de Scotland Cycle challenge over the last three years.  Breast Cancer Now has consistently supported Network Rail to take part in Tour de Scotland with a friendly hands-on approach which has ensured that the event is always fun and successful.  

 “It has been a privilege to have been involved in fundraising for Breast Cancer Now. I would definitely recommend Tour de Scotland and I urge other businesses to sign-up today.”

For more information or to register for Tour de Scotland 2020 visit https://www.tourdescotland.com/.

[1] Cancer statistics, breast cancer. Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland. Average annual incidence 2015-17

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