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Leeds Spinners raise over £2,500

Leeds office workers donned their cycling shorts to raise over £2,500 for JDRF in the Spin to Cure Diabetes on Thursday 28 June. JDRF was thrilled that so many workers took on the challenge and spent their lunch hour spinning to raise awareness and vital funds to support type 1 diabetes research.

Five teams of five pushed their bodies to the limit over eight-minute interval sprints on static Watt bikes at Wellington Place, Leeds. Teams included staff from Leeds-based KPMG, Eversheds, Addleshaw Goddard, RG Group and Pure Gym.

The fastest team was Eversheds who achieved a distance of 26,458 metres in 40 minutes. Steve Simkins from KPMG was crowned the ‘King of Spin’, covering 5,677 metres and Lenka Benesova from Pure Gym was crowned the ‘Queen of Spin’ with a distance of 5,056 metres (both pictured left).

Macquarie Group worked with JDRF to host the fourth series of bike-a-thons in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds, with Nuffield Heath supporting the event as Fitness Partner. Bikes were provided by TEAMcycles.

Chris Normington, JDRF’s Development Manager for the North, said: 'There was a fantastic atmosphere at the event, with participants cycling hard, the crowd roaring their encouragement and teams cheering each other on to get the best time of the day. We believe the Leeds event will have raised more than £2500, so this is a marvellous achievement and well done to all involved.'

David Fass, CEO of Macquarie Group EMEA, said: 'Macquarie is proud to be a key supporter of JDRF in the UK and we were delighted with everyone’s efforts and would like to say a huge thank you for taking part. Events like this really help JDRF raise the profile of type 1 and we will continue to assist JDRF in its important work for people with type 1 diabetes and their families.'

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Going the extra mile for JDRF

On 15 April 2012, Andy Sier embarked on an epic journey to cycle 640 miles in 10 days, all in support of JDRF.

It was Andy’s first long distance bike ride, and involved cycling an eye-watering 64 miles a day (on average), with a combined climb of approximately 17,000ft.

As well as a test of endurance, the journey was an opportunity for Andy to visit some personally significant places. He planned his route to start in Essex (his birth place), and take him through York (his university city) and across some of his favourite parts of the Lake District.

This was also Andy’s first attempt at raising big funds for charity. With £1,300 raised for JDRF so far, it has been a particularly spectacular effort!

JDRF is a charity close to Andy’s heart. His daughter Anna (pictured) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2, after being mistakenly diagnosed with a urinary infection by several doctors. The family were later told that if Anna’s condition had continued undiagnosed for much longer she would have gone into a coma.

Luckily Anna is now fit and well, and is approaching her ninth birthday. And with fundraising efforts like Andy’s, JDRF can fund more research to help find the cure for type 1.

To read all about Andy’s journey, or donate to his JustGiving page, visit Andy’s blog.