Thousands raised by global OEM for children’s cancer charity with mega cycling challenge


Bolting equipment specialists and EvoTorque suppliers, Hire Torque Limited (HTL), has raised more than £3,000 to help a local organisation that supports children and teenagers suffering from cancer. To raise the funds, a team of staff at the company took part in a two-day bike ride that covered a distance of around 140 miles, from Scotland to England.

Beginning at Edinburgh Castle, the cycling challenge ended in success at HTL’s headquarters in Cramlington, Northumberland. It was organised in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the company’s nominated charity, Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, which was launched by the family of Jessica Robson following her tragic death at 18 years from alveolar sarcoma — a rare form of cancer.

Making a statement about the event was Julie, Trevor and Nicole Robson of the Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness charity. They commented:

“Jessica has left such a legacy through all of her hard work to fight this horrible disease and her inspiration continues every day through everyone that knew her. Unfortunately, the people at HTL didn’t get the pleasure to meet Jess, but her inspiration has driven this lovely team to take on another challenge in her memory.”

Prior to this year’s cycling challenge, each cyclist had a fundraising target of £100 — an aim that was far exceeded judging by the current donation total. At HTL, members of staff participate in a bike-riding fundraising activity every year, alongside other charity-inspired activities to help organisations in the local area. Since the beginning, HTL’s cycle-based events have raised more than £11,000 for Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness.

The charity’s aim is to build a respite lodge for young people with cancer and their families, which will give families a place to live during the treatment process at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. It is also hoped that the accommodation will offer families a chance to relax and make treasured memories.

“These guys have come together to raise funds and awareness for Jessica’s charity over the last four years, and Jess’s dream would not be possible without the support from businesses like HTL and the wider community. Jess’s dream will always be our focus and we can’t wait to reach our target to start building the lodges on our land in Henshaw,”

added Julie, Trevor and Nicole Robson.

Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is a very rare, slow-growing tumour. The origin is not known; however, it usually affects children and young adults.

If you wish to sponsor the team and Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, you still can by visiting the HTL Virgin Money Giving donation page.