On June 28th brothers Ben and Dylan Wilson will start their latest challenge to raise money for Manorlands hospice who cared for their younger brother in his final days. A total of 254 miles over the 2 days – 127 miles each way.
2018 proved to be a challenging year for the brothers, as they were just getting ready to celebrate their 40th year in business they suffered a devastating blow on Feb 6th when a major fire took hold and burned their business to the ground.
At the same time their younger brother Syd was undergoing major lifesaving surgery and when the phone went to tell them about the fire, they were just glad that it was not bad news from the hospital. However, Syd deteriorated during 2018 and came to spend his final days at the Sue Ryder hospice – Manorlands in Oxenhope and unfortunately passed away in February of this year.
“We cannot thank them enough for all they did to care for Syd but also to support our family providing them the space and time we needed to be with Syd during his final days. They are an amazing charity and we will do all that we can to help raise money for them so they can continue to support families like ours in their hour of need,” said Dylan.
No matter the personal situation the brothers were experiencing, the fire that devastated the business was not going to stop MPM from continuing.
MPM Ltd employs over 40 staff, so conscious of those employees who depend upon them for their livelihoods and the customers that are reliant on MPM’s part in the supply chain, the Directors took hold of the situation and turned it around.
The team at MPM pulled together, moved to a new factory just 9 working days after the fire and within weeks the business was up and running. With a passionate team and a ‘can do attitude’ they were able to start again and design a more effective and operational shop floor layout, despite everything that was happening in the Directors’ family.
Ben and Dylan had completed the Fred Witton ‘Coast to Coast in a day’ challenge previously, and wanted to take on a different kind of cycling challenge. John at MPM then suggested they take on the Leeds – Liverpool canal, both ways in 2 days; so Ben and Dylan jumped at the chance to take on a new challenge with one of the MPM team, John and his friend Mark Brown. The cycle should take around 10 or 11 hours each way.
“Cycling helps clear the mind and gives you an opportunity to see the beautiful places we live from a different perspective. It’s a great way to clear the mind and slow down your thinking. Mental health is critical for physical health and physical health is critical for mental health. With all that has happened over the last year, cycling has given us the chance to put life into perspective and talk together as brothers” added Ben.
Anybody wanting to donate to this worthy cause can visit the Just Giving page: