THE countdown to the Olympics has inspired a lot of action to support local good causes including the new Macmillan Tameside Unit.
Tameside Council staff and members were among many organisations, business and groups to join Active Tameside’s Road to Rio challenge.
For two weeks from 22 July to 5 August teams and individuals have clocked up the miles from running, swimming, walking or cycling to collectively reach the 5818 miles to Rio.
The challenge has gone so well that Active Tameside reached the target within the first week and are currently clocking up the miles to head home again.
An exercise bike was installed in Dukinfield Town Hall on Tuesday 2 August and staff and councillors took turns in their breaks to clock up 100 miles towards the grand total, while also collecting donations towards the fundraising.
Tameside Council Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn said: “We really enjoyed taking part in the challenge, which - as well as supporting local good causes - also helped to raise the profile of the benefits of making time in your day to be active. I think everyone returned to their desks feeling more alert and energised after their stints on the bike!”
Money raised will be going to The Believe and Achieve Trust, Tameside 4 Good and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind as well as Macmillan’s Tameside Unit.
You can donate in centre, at the Road to Rio Just Giving page or by texting ROAD02 followed by the amount you want to donate (e.g. £2) to 70070.