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14/07/2021 News

Team from Total UK tackles Tour de Pennines challenge for The Prince of Wales Hospice

Total UK is committed to corporate social responsibility. It is a long-standing supporter of The Prince of Wales Hospice, located near its Lubricants Blending Plant in Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire.  

In our latest fundraising challenge for the Hospice, a team of riders from TotalEnergies will get on their bikes and use pedal power to raise money for the Hospice. Read our blog to find out more about the challenge, the team taking part, and The Prince of Wales Hospice. 

The Tour de Pennines

Total UK has supported the Prince of Wales Hospice’s annual cyclothon for five years, however, due to the pandemic, it has been cancelled for the second year running. Six of our very own intrepid adventurers have therefore decided to take on their own challenge – ‘le Tour de Pennines’ – to raise money for the Hospice.  

On Thursday 15th July, the Total UK team of cyclists will embark on their epic journey from the Lubricants Blending Plant in Ferrybridge all the way to the Bitumen plant in Preston.  

Clocking up some 78 miles on the journey, the team will climb some of the steepest hills in the country in what the whole team expects to be an endurance test like no other. 

On Friday 16th July, after a good rest and some hearty food, the team will cycle the return leg of journey, throwing in some additional hill climbs of around 6,500ft ‘just for fun’, they say. (We’re not sure whether they’ll see it as ‘fun’ on the day, but we wish the team the best of luck on their Tour de Pennines challenge!)  

The Total UK team 

Taking to the saddle for the challenge are: 

  • John Ryder – General Manager of the Lubricants Blending Plant (‘Marathon Man’ – prefers two legs rather than two wheels) 
  • Iain Mitchell – Supply Chain Manager for Lubricants (‘Fat lad at the back’… in Iain’s own words)  
  • Tom Hyde – Technical Support Manager for Lubricants (‘All round athlete’ - watch out for the quite ones!) 
  • Roy Taylor – European Product Manager for Lubricants (‘Climber, cyclist and the cruellest of route planners’)  
  • Chris Ralph – Area Business Manager for Lubricants (‘Powerhouse and cyclothon veteran’)  
  • Patrick Howley – Aviation Assets and Network Development – Aviation (‘Ex Rugby league player, Ex Triathlete’)  

Supporting the team from the comfort of a car are:  

  • Wayne Clarida – Marketing Executive for Total UK (Support driver and all-round good fellow – a must on any trip!) 
  • Stephen Parker – Marketing Communications Executive for Total UK (Promoter and Leeds fan) 

The Prince of Wales Hospice 

The specialist care the Prince of Wales Hospice provides for people with life-limiting illnesses is provided completely free of charge, but they cannot do it without support. They rely on support through their shops, fundraising events, donations and fundraising in the communities to raise over £3m a year to run the Hospice.  

Just £17.63 can fund a nurse’s care for an hour – providing up to three patients with pain relief, help to move, assistance at meal times and emotional support. 
£59 can run all the services needed to run an in-care bedroom for a morning – from medical and nursing care, to family support; from providing nutritious food, to the rigorous cleaning that helps keep the rooms infection-free. 

How to support the team

If you would like to sponsor the Total Energies team on the Tour de Pennines challenge, and help raise much-needed funds for the Prince of Wales Hospice, please vist the following link: Patrick Howley is fundraising for The Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract ( 

Good luck, boys! We hope you enjoy the ride!