Alliance Healthcare has raised more than £40,000 for Vitamin Angels UK and Theodora Children’s Charity which focuses on health and wellbeing of children, through its annual charity Tour D’Alliance cycle challenge hosted on June 18.

Two teams of cyclists completed the community pharmacy wholesaler’s annual charity event. The teams, departing from Coatbridge, Scotland and Exeter, Devon, set off across the UK towards the Alliance Healthcare Leigh service centre in Greater Manchester for a finish line event.

In addition, 16 other members of staff competed in a virtual cycle challenge across seven days.

The company said the gruelling challenge was in aid of two charities: Vitamin Angels UK and Theodora Children’s Charity; both with a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children in the UK and across the world.

Matt Addison, operations director, Alliance Healthcare and a cyclist, said: “I am so incredibly proud of my cycling team mates for their physical and mental endurance, particularly during this heat-wave and amidst some challenging winds in the north of England. It is for such a worthy cause, and we are so grateful for all the generous sponsorship and donations, it really kept-us-going!”

Ellen Blessington from Theodora Children’s Charity was at the finish-line welcome in Leigh and said: “I am thrilled to be here with our Giggle Doctor, Dr Scribbles, to celebrate this amazing achievement with Alliance Healthcare colleagues. Being a small charity, this fundraising support has a significant impact on our work and will help our Giggle Doctors bring joy and laughter to hundreds of children in hospital across the UK.”

Vitamin Angels’ Roma Mirutenko added: “It has been amazing to watch the Tour D’Alliance event grow over the years. Through our partnership, it is clear that Alliance Healthcare is committed to improving the health and nutrition of children.”

Today, more than 4 million children in the UK live in poverty and are therefore at risk of malnutrition. Funds raised from the Tour D’Alliance can continue to fight malnutrition by providing nutritious foods to twelve nurseries across the country.

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