Cycling enthusiasts from the West Brom in Northfield saddled up to raise money for their nominated charity.
But while their peddling prowess may not have got the team beyond the front door of their branch on Bristol Road South, they did manage to cover more than 200 miles on a static exercise bike – and collect £276 for Teenage Cancer Trust in the process.
Joe Watchorn, Northfield branch manager, said: “We really exceeded our expectations, taking it in turns to cycle in the branch over a two day period. The original plan was to try and complete 120 miles, which is the distance from the QE Hospital in Birmingham, where Teenage Cancer Trust has a unit and is close to us, to Big Ben in London.
“The team worked really hard and when we finished the 120 miles with time to spare we agreed to keep pushing to see how much further we could get. To have completed more than 200 miles is a brilliant effort and we were all thrilled to have raised much-needed funds for this fantastic charity and the young people who rely on its help.”
The West Brom partnered with Teenage Cancer Trust eight months ago and in that time has raised in excess of £25,000 to support its work in the West Midlands region.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the survival chances and quality of life for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.
Regional fundraiser Emily Henderson said: “The West Brom have been outstanding supporters since choosing us as their charity and the static bike ride is another example of their creativeness and generosity.
“Teenage Cancer Trust relies entirely on donations to fund the work we do and we are hugely grateful to Joe and his colleagues at the Northfield branch who pushed themselves to the limit to complete their challenge and travel such an impressive distance.”