Manufacturer of sealants, adhesives, waterproofing products and other building chemicals, Bond It, has lent its support to a local charity bike ride.

Based in Elland, West Yorkshire, the business recently sponsored a group of intrepid fundraisers who rode from nearby Thurstonland in West Yorkshire to Scarborough, North Yorkshire and back – roughly 200 miles in total.

Set up by family and friends, the ride was in honour of Martin Hanks, a 34-year-old tree surgeon from Thurstonland who was tragically killed in a work accident in April 2015. The purpose of the ride was to raise money both for a trust fund for Martin’s two young children and for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance; who attended the scene of Martin’s accident within minutes.

Scarborough was chosen as the ride’s halfway point as the resort was a favourite holiday destination for Martin and his family. In total, 35 people - many of whom hadn’t ridden a bike since they were teenagers - took part, successfully raising almost £20,000. Bond It was one of a number of local businesses to make donations.

David Moore, managing director at Bond It said: “Our decision to support the charity bike ride comes from our belief in being a socially responsible business. Martin’s vocation as a tree surgeon reflects the wider trade nature of our core customer base.”