Bedding specialist John Cotton Group has welcomed home its six employees and friends that endured the 761 mile charity bike ride from Poland to Mirfield.

The Group was joined by Welcome to Yorkshire’s Sir Gary Verity, Tour de France veteran Brian Robinson, the Cotton family, Sam Wood and Tom Symonds from the Huddersfield Giants and charity representatives to mark the occasion, with the riders raising £9,888, bringing its total to £120,000 throughout the company’s centenary year.

Its 6 chosen charities include Macmillan, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Kirkwood Hospice, Yorkshire Air & Ambulance, Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal and Derian House.

David Page, sales and marketing director at John Cotton, was one of the riders who took part in the ride. He said: “The team has done so well, the hot weather was something we couldn’t anticipate or train for, however the fitness across the group helped get us through the more challenging moments, it has been tough, we are so pleased we made it through without any major issues. I’m so glad to be back home and reunited with my wonderful family who have been supporting me and keeping me going during the ride.

“Thank you to everyone who donated and supported us throughout this. It is definitely going to be an experience I will never forget.”

The ride took them one week to complete, travelling through four different countries and comprising of seven stages, culminating in a total of 761 miles.

John Cotton MBE added: “This is a fantastic achievement by the team and rounds off a truly memorable year for the company.

“I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone that has been involved in our centenary year and helping us to raise such an incredible amount of money for our chosen charities. It has been a pleasure working with them and we hope this money will help continue the wonderful work they do.”