Over half the employees at Pland Stainless in Leeds took part in a virtual cycle relay to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, covering 130 miles and raising £1200.

The race was part of the series of events marking Pland's centenary year. Staff rode a virtual version of the Harrogate 8.7 mile section of the UCI Road World Championship Cycle Race, currently taking place in Yorkshire.

The event, which was broadcast all day live on the company's Facebook page, started at 7.30am with Alison Harling, Production Manager setting the pace. It continued with 26 of the 42 staff taking part with the last cyclist, MD Steve Duree, completing the event.

The static bike was set up in the company's Leeds office, and was linked to Zwift, a virtual reality track, so participant could cycle the exact same course, complete with imagery and inclines, as the Road World Championship Cycle Race 2019.

The choice of the Motor Neurone Disease Association as the charity to be supported was prompted by Gary Pearson, Internal Sales Manager at Pland, whose mother-in-law is currently suffering with the debilitating illness.

Today in the UK, six people will hear the devasting news that they have MND, which attacks nerves, leaves those affected unable to walk, talk, eat and ultimately to breath. The MND Association is the only charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving care, research and campaigning.

Established in 1919, Pland products are largely designed for the healthcare, sanitaryware, washrooms, laboratory, education, catering, janitorial and the secure accommodation market places.