Staff from a Wigan-based software company travel 265 miles in 24 hours to raise money for Ukraine

‘Team Langdon’, a team of six amateur cyclists from Langdon Systems, set out from their office in Wigan and cycled all the way to their headquarters in Portsmouth, in relay, in just 22 hours.

They covered 265 miles and 3,560m of elevation gain, with staff ranging in age from 25 to 58.

So far they have raised £2,654 on their Just give page for donations from clients, friends, family, colleagues and strangers.

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Langdon Systems colleagues, left to right, Sam Richardson, Mike Oakley and Dale Hawson, are part of a team that will cycle from their office in Wigan, 250 miles to headquarters in Portsmouth in 24 hours, to raise funds for Ukraine appeal.

All proceeds will go to the Ukrainian DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) appeal.

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Staff member Mike Oakley said: “Although we are not professional cyclists, we completed the ride in 24 hours as a relay.

“Cycling solo at night on single track routes in the deepest and darkest Cotswolds is a surreal experience.

The Langdon Systems cycling team after completing their charity bike ride.

“Cycling the North Wessex Downs accompanied by the dawn chorus, deer, rabbits and other animals is magical, but cycling up the hills is no fun, especially Mow Cop!

“Even if it will not change the situation, together we can at least help a little and show solidarity with the innocent victims of war.

“We are amazed at the support we have had and to date have raised £2,654.

“We have decided to support the people of Ukraine this year and we plan to support a different charity each year.”

The Langdon Systems cycling team before their charity bike ride.

Founded in 1985 Langdon Systems has been at the forefront of the customs industry for nearly 40 years.

They provide powerful customs management and declaration solutions for import and export businesses.

The company was acquired by Rosslyn Data Analytics in 2020.

The Langdon Systems team ready to go for their charity bike ride.

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