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Tour De HICA Challenge raises thousands for care

A leading care group headquartered in Hull, Yorkshire with homes and services across Lincolnshire and Lancashire, recently completed a large-scale cycling challenge to raise funds for residents.  The Tour De HICA raised an impressive sum of £6,910 to help fund and support causes and activities across the HICA Group with the farming community from across North Lincolnshire coming together to raise an incredible £2,600, nearly 40% of the total funds raised.

Led by agricultural mechanic Nigel Wright, the farming community in the region provided around 88 sponsors overall. The event, held over 24 continuous hours, saw employees, residents, and friends of HICA come together to achieve an incredible total of 1,970 miles, surpassing the initial goal of 1,750 miles, the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats and back.

Participants took on the challenge using a variety of exercise equipment, including six exercise bikes, a treadmill, and a rowing machine. The event showcased the determination, enthusiasm, and commitment of the HICA Group team to support the health and wellbeing of residents across all of their care homes and services.

Terry Peel, HICA Group’s CEO, said: “We are over the moon with the outstanding success of the Tour De HICA challenge and the incredible support we received from our employees, residents, their relatives and other associates.

“I wanted to say a special thank you to Nigel Walker and the rest of the farming community who contributed £2,600 towards the total.

“Overall, everyone’s participation and dedication in reaching a total of 1,970 miles is a testament to our shared commitment to improving the lives of those in our care.”

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The Tour De HICA event brought together individuals from various HICA locations, including HICA at Home in Grimsby, Doncaster and Hull. These teams made significant contributions to the overall mileage, with HICA at Home in Grimsby adding an impressive 180 miles, HICA at Home in Doncaster contributing 113 miles, and HICA at Home in Hull achieving 112 miles. Elm Tree Court cycled an admirable 147 miles, while Kirkgate House managed 85 miles, and residents from Isaac Robinson Court added another nine miles. Additionally, the team at Buckshaw Retirement Village showed their dedication by joining in with an exercise bike and their rickshaws, accumulating an impressive 44.5 miles.

Nigel Wright said: “As a proud member of the region’s farming community, the overwhelming support HICA Group’s challenge received was wonderful and we are so pleased to provide the generous contribution.

“The funds will be used to help improve the quality of life for local people and we’re delighted to have been involved in such a worthy cause.”

The Tour De HICA challenge also welcomed participation from close friends of the organisation, including the boys from Orchard Park FC, which HICA sponsors. The funds raised from the challenge will make a positive impact on residents’ health and wellbeing by providing specialist equipment and funding events and trips.

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