CHARITIES GIVEN A BOOST AT THE DOUBLE ; Businesses POST THRIVE supporting the PEOPLE community [Birmingham Post (England)]
(Birmingham Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TWO charities have received a boost after two men from a Warwickshire firm clocked up a combined 166 miles on bike and foot.
Dean Pipitone and Tom Eaton from automotive software provider Cooper Solutions took on charity challenges in memory of friends and family close to their hearts.
Tom, an account manager at the Barfordbased company, was part of a 10-strong team which took on the Three Peaks Challenge, while director Dean took to the saddle to tackle the Coast 2 Coast (C2C) cycle challenge.
Dean and his friend Paul Evans completed the 140-mile cycle from Whitehaven to the east coast, via the Lake District and Pennines, in just two days.
The duo took on the gruelling route to commemorate the life of Dean's fatherin-law Peter Andrew, who sadly passed away last year after along battle with Parkinson's disease.
Despite a small hiccup along the way, which resulted in Dean and Paul taking a detour to finish near Sunderland, the pair completed the cycle on time and more than doubled their fundraising target to make Pounds 2,000 for Parkinson's UK.
Tom's Three Peaks team also smashed their target of Pounds 2,500 to raise over Pounds 5,000 for mental health charity Mind in honour of university friend Phil Saravanamuttu, who took his own life last year after a battle with depression and anorexia.
From left: Dean Pipitone and Tom Eaton from Barford-based Cooper Solutions.
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