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Peddle power raises £16,483 for international charity WaterAid

Keen cyclists from Yorkshire Water have helped to raise a total of £16,483 for the international charity WaterAid after taking part in a 280 mile-long bike ride organised by Microsoft.

Seven cyclists from Yorkshire Water took part in the three-day ride that started in Reading and ended in Leeds.

Yorkshire Water raised £2,414 of the total amount raised, with the remainder of the money coming from fundraising efforts at Anglian Water, Thames Water, Attunity, Microsoft, Avanade and Itineris.

WaterAid helps millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries that lack access to safe, clean water to drink and decent toilets facilities.

Rob Davey, who took part in the gruelling three-day ride said: “280 miles is a long way and I wasn’t sure I could do it. Despite head winds and more than a drop of rain, it went really well, thanks in no small part to the organisers having come up with a brilliant route. It was a fantastic result for WaterAid.”

WaterAid was created by the UK water industry in 1981 and states that preventable death from diseases such as diarrhoea kill a child under 5 every five minutes across the planet.

In 2014 Yorkshire Water launched its own ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ campaign, aiming to raise £1 million by 2020 - which has already been achieved - to deliver clean water and safe toilets to 170,000 households across the country.