Thorns offers a helping hand to charity triathlon

28th October 2008

Thorns Group has got behind participants in a gruelling test of physical endurance – this year’s Concerto ‘Triathlon’ Challenge.

The group – the UK’s leading supplier to the events, exhibitions, conference and weddings sectors – signed up as sponsor to the event which took place on 19th October at Rutland Water. Fifty-one participants endured a half-mile canoe, eight-mile run or walk and finally a 40-mile bike ride. Approximately £18,000 was raised for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and The Institute of Human Genetics.

Clair Whitecross, Thorns’ Group Sales Director, said: “We were delighted to support such a great event and help raise money for a truly worthwhile cause.”

Over the past three years The Concerto Group has managed to donate over £60,000 for its annual charity by staging a 'Concerto Challenge' event in the autumn.

Mike Kershaw, Chairman of The Concerto Group, said: “I am really grateful to Thorns for their support and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign are thrilled with our efforts.”

Muscular dystrophy is the name given to a group of genetic, hereditary muscle diseases that cause progressive wasting and weakening of the muscle. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity focusing on all muscular dystrophies and related muscle diseases. More than 60,000 people in the UK are affected. Unfortunately, there are no cures.

The Institute of Human Genetics researches treatments for making the condition less painful to sufferers and is also planning clinical trials or experimental treatments.

In previous years Thorns has given its support to various charities including the Chickenshed theatre company which works with disadvantaged children, and Crisis, which helps fight homelessness and works with homeless people to transform their lives.