A TEAM of workers from Winnington and Middlewich will be donning their leathers tomorrow and setting off on a 600-mile journey in 48 hours in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

Each summer, the TATA Chemicals organises its own fundraising challenge for St Luke’s.

This time, five members of staff will be jumping on their motorbikes to travel non-stop cross-country - all while putting their logistical skills, as well as their friendships, to the test.

Pete Simpson, Joe Mannion, Richard Eaton, Clyde Melia and Gareth Leigh are attempting to visit three of the UK's most iconic dams in just 48 hours. Their attempt means they will travel at least 600 miles and they plan to do it all without using any motorways.

The bikers, who work at TATA Chemicals Winnington and TATA’s British Salt plant in Middlewich, will set off from Winnington at 9am tomorrow, before checking in at Kielder Water in Northumberland, Rutland Water near Oakham and then Haweswater in Cumbria. The team hope to be back in Middlewich by 9am on Sunday.

Andy Bailey, Corporate Partnerships Manager at St Luke’s Hospice is looking forward to seeing how the team get on.

He said: “Each year we like to do something different and this challenge is certainly that. At the end of the day, we want to raise funds for St Luke's so that they can keep providing such excellent care and support for local people."

"It’s always exciting when a local business devises their own unique fundraising challenge. These guys are no strangers to been out on the roads, but this is very much unchartered waters. They’re great sports and everyone at St Luke’s is entirely grateful for what they are doing.’’

Read more about the challenge and pledge your support here: www.justgiving.com/tatachallenge