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Residential News | Mon 15 Jul 2019
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Five Dacres employees will pedal 185 miles around our 20 offices to raise awareness of the importance of mental health. 

The relay cycling challenge was the brainchild of the company’s Healthy Workplace Committee, which also instigated a campaign earlier in the year to encourage all Dacres staff to swap their cars for bikes during the working day as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Peter Leadbeater will be starting the cycling challenge on Monday 15th July in Guiseley, and he will visit the Baildon, Saltaire, Bingley, Keighley and Skipton offices. Martin Foster will carry on the challenge on Tuesday 16th July, visiting the Elland, Morley and Leeds offices. On Wednesday 17th July, Nicola Briggs will cycle to the Wetherby, Knaresborough and Harrogate offices and on Thursday 18th July, Jenni Howell will cycle to the North Leeds, Bramhope, Otley, Ilkley and Burley in Wharfedale offices. Finally, Paul Wilson will complete the 185 mile circuit when he cycles to Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon.

Area manager, Chris O’Mahony, who is on the Healthy Workplace Committee, said: “Every single one of our 161-strong team will be supporting Peter, Martin, Nicola, Jenni and Paul this week as they travel around our extensive office network. They will be bringing our trusted Dacres teddy bear mascot into each office as they cycle the length and breadth of so many parts of Yorkshire that we operate within, and no doubt they will be welcomed with a well-earned cup of tea and tasty treat! 

“We hope to emulate some of the success and positivity of the Tour de Yorkshire. It’s our first Tour de Dacres, but we plan to make it an annual event. It’s a great way for our team to connect with each other and promote both physical and mental wellbeing within the workplace. We are also delighted to be welcoming Mayor Stuart Martin and Mayoress April Martin, who will join us as the tour finishes in Ripon.”

Dacre, Son & Hartley recently launched its employee-led Healthy Workplace Committee which is focussed on supporting people’s wellbeing in the workplace. In addition Dacres has signed up to the Cycle to Work scheme, which encouraged people to be active and allows employees to buy a discounted bikes. 
Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential sales at Dacre, Son & Hartley, added: “Within a busy working day it’s very easy for time to get the better of us, but as a responsible employer it’s really important to encourage our colleagues to be healthy, happy and stay connected with each other. Promoting positive mental health, alongside encouraging physically activity amongst our team, is very important and we think the Tour de Dacres will be a big success.” 

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