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A team of cyclists biking the length of the UK to raise money for charity arrived at JCB’s World HQ today to a rousing reception.

George Bamford - is cycling with Richard Telfer, Managing Director of Leicestershire-based JCB dealer Watling JCB, and his son Fred Telfer on the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats. 

So far, George has raised £77,000 for distribution to children’s charities along the route. Richard and Fred have raised more than £50,000 for Young Leicestershire, Mind and Wishes 4 Kids.

Joining the cyclists on the 10 legs of the journey are employees from JCB’s dealer network and JCB employees. JCB employees joining today on the 110-mile day four leg were Andy Whyman, of Uttoxeter; Louise Hemmings, of Haughton, near Stafford; Sam Griffin, of Uttoxeter; Aaron Turner, of Burton; Andy Otter, of Ipstones, near Leek; Steve Brazier, of Stafford and Jamie Jeffery, of Leek.

As they arrived at JCB’s World HQ for a lunch stop, a guard of honour formed by JCB backhoe loaders greeted them along with applauding employees. 

This is a massive challenge and the support we have received along the way has been absolutely amazing. The reception when we arrived at the JCB World HQ was fantastic. The support really is spurring us on to keep going for the children’s charities we are raising money for and that is what really counts. Having people join us on the various legs is like having a great big hand on our backs helping us up the hills along the way.

George Bamford

Richard Telfer said: “I have always been passionate about supporting great local charities, so when George Bamford asked if I would join him in taking on the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle challenge to raise money for some local causes, it was too good an offer to turn down. It’s tough but also very rewarding.”

The marathon bike ride is set to conclude at John O’Groats on Sunday.