A team of amateur cyclists has completed a 160-mile coast to coast challenge in support of a disabled colleague, who is hoping to access technology to be able to walk again.
Members of staff from Henderson Insurance Brokers (HIBL), as well as friends of the firm, took part in the challenge from Whitehaven to Sunderland.
The team’s appeal has raised £43,632 for Emily Storer, an employee of HIBL, who was involved in a serious car accident five years ago that left her paralysed from the chest down, with further donations taking the total to in excess of £50,000.
Emily, from Grimsby, is hoping to secure £65,000 for a ‘ReWalk exoskeleton’ – a robotic device that will allow her to stand and walk again.
Joe Henderson, Group CEO of HIBL, HIBL directors Michael Wright and Jonathan Willett, Chris Halmshaw, a client of HIBL, and Rob Worrell took on the challenge.
Emily Storer said: “I am very grateful to Joe and the team for their efforts, which has meant a great to me and my ambition to benefit from a ReWalk exoskeleton. They have all done a fantastic job in completing the challenge and I am overwhelmed by the very generous donations made by the entire HIBL family and wider communities.
“Words can’t describe how I feel about the kind donations and funds raised towards my appeal, which will afford me the chance to walk and stand again. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me since my accident, and I hope the guys enjoy a well-earned rest!.”
HIBL operates 15 offices throughout the UK and is one of the country’s leading insurance brokers.
Joe Henderson, Group CEO, said: “It was a very challenging and demanding ride, but one that was worth it in the end, as we have raised significant funds for an excellent cause. Emily has shown great character and a positive attitude throughout, and the ReWalk exoskeleton has the potential to change her life. I would like to thank everyone for their fundraising efforts that will help her access this ground-breaking technology.”