Directors from Polypipe have completed a gruelling 265 mile four day cycling challenge in Ireland, raising over £8,560 and counting for a local charity.

Departing from Waterford, the team took to their saddles to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, a Loughborough-based charity that Polypipe has supported for several years.

Directors and senior managers at Polypipe all took part in the ride, each raising a minimum of £500 to support the charity’s great work.

The Polypipe riders were also joined by cyclists from key contractors Shanco, AMC, Carillion, McCann and Amey. Mick Ives, a former international professional cyclist and team boss of MI Racing also provided the team with his invaluable support and cycling expertise throughout the challenge.

Kate Golding at Rainbows said: “We’d like to thank the Polypipe team for supporting us and our work at Rainbows by undertaking this mammoth cycling challenge to Ireland.

“At Rainbows, we provide care and support to over 300 children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses as well as supporting 278 bereaved families and 522 siblings. Without the generosity of our fundraisers, like Polypipe, we simply wouldn’t be able to open our doors. The support we receive from Polypipe is fantastic and we’re extremely grateful for all of its hard work.”

John Moss, business development director at Polypipe, added: “Rainbows is a fantastic charity that continues to be close to the hearts of the riders, and we hope that the money raised will help support the great work they do. Despite facing some difficult hill climbs during the ride, the whole team pushed on and enjoyed every minute of the challenge, surrounded by spectacular Irish scenery. We’d also like to extend our thanks to all of our sponsors, including Europipes, The Dower House Hotel and Circuit Hospitality.”

Polypipe is continuing its support for Rainbows, with staff each paying £1 to take part in a ‘dress down day’ every Friday.