A group of 20 Home Management Ltd staff will be embarking upon a five day charity bike ride on Monday June 12, as the USA takes on the Czech Republic and Italy plays Ghana.
Taking in each of the companys four sites, the Tour de HML plans to raise at least 35,000 for a number of worthy causes the chosen charities of each HML office: the Londonderry Foyle Hospice; the East Lancashire Appeal for Macmillan Nurses; the Yorkhill Childrens Foundation (Glasgow); and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The ride starts at HMLs offices in Derry, right on the border with the Irish Republic, from where the team will peddle across Ulster till they reach the Irish Sea.
Then the cycles and their riders take to the water for the ferry journey across to Stranraer in Scotland, and will then head northwards towards Glasgow.
The route southwards goes back through the Southern Uplands and into England near Carlisle. Finally the cyclists pass through Cumbria to Padiham in Lancashire and across the Pennines to head office in Skipton.
Steve Haggerty, HML chief executive, says: Cycling from Northern Ireland to Yorkshire via Scotland seemed like a great idea combining a real physical challenge with a bit of sightseeing, team-building and raising money for charity at the same time.
“HML has an impressive track record in fund raising for charitable causes, and Im delighted to be lending my full support to this sporting endeavour.
While Englands team is facing down Trinidad & Tobago in Nuremberg, the HML team will be puffing up the steep inclines of the Lake District.
“Lets hope both teams come up trumps.
Im also delighted that a number of HMLs clients and suppliers have given us generous donations, and riders from Kensington Mortgage Company PLC and GMAC-RFC will be taking part in some of the stages.
The whole of HML is behind our cyclists, and wed very much appreciate any support that our friends and business partners may wish to offer.
Our team will be very visible in their HML teeshirts so I hope people will cheer them on if they see them en route and give them news of how England is doing.