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RS Components launches nationwide ‘Tour de Branch’ bike ride to help fight the injustice of childhood cancer

UK staff cycle 1,100 miles in a bid to raise £250,000 for
Children with Cancer UK
• Challenge officially launched by Greg Rutherford in Glasgow on 10 June

London, UK, 10 June 2019:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, has embarked on an epic charity cycle ride, covering 1,100 miles from Aberdeen to London, with an ambitious goal of raising £250,000 for Children with Cancer UK. More than 60 employees from RS are taking part in the ‘Tour de Branch’ challenge, which is currently making its way down through the UK over the course of 12 days calling at each of the 16 RS Local branches nationwide.

Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford, MBE was at the start line on 10 June to officially launch the challenge from the RS Local Glasgow branch. He shared the honour with 12-year-old Georgia Conway from Dundee, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 23 months and is just one of the many children who have received support from the charity.

“I was absolutely delighted to be in Glasgow to launch the ‘Tour de Branch’ challenge alongside brave cancer survivor Georgia,” said Greg Rutherford. “Research into childhood cancer is a cause particularly close to my heart – I have lost several family members to the disease and, as a father myself, the thought of children facing cancer, and the harsh treatments associated with it, is devastating. I’m honoured to be a part of this RS fundraising event which will help Children with Cancer UK continue to support research into the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer in children and young people.”

The Tour de Branch is a physically challenging fundraiser, which is averaging a daily mileage of around 90 miles and a climb to an altitude of 5,700 metres through Scotland this week. Just four strenuous cyclists are taking on the entire route, which finishes at the company’s headquarters in Pancras Square, London on 19 June. The cyclists will be greeted at the finishing line by Greg Rutherford and by Phoebe (8) from London, another brave cancer survivor.

As well as a physical support team providing the riders with nutritional, medical and safety assistance along the route, each bicycle has a sensor unit mounted to the handlebars to monitor air quality, temperature and humidity.

Ian Hawkes, Divisional Manager North at RS, said: “As a global business with more than 80 years of operations in the UK, we have always been involved in charitable events and efforts, whether as group fundraisers or as individuals. However, this latest challenge has taken our commitment one stage further, with so many of our employees nationwide working together to make it happen.”

RS has been supporting Children with Cancer UK for the past two years as its chosen national charity, with employees taking part in activities such as marathons, mountain climbing, swimming, cycling, baking and dancing – all to help raise funds for the charity, whose vision is a world where no child dies from cancer. Since its launch 30 years ago, the charity’s investment in specialist research work has helped increase survival rates in children with cancer from about 64 in 1990 to 84 per cent* in 2017.

Children with Cancer UK Senior Corporate Manager Zahra Scott said: “The Tour de Branch represents the biggest corporate cycling fundraiser in the history of our charity and shows just how committed RS is to our cause of helping more children with cancer ring the end of treatment bell. Funds raised during the challenge will mean we can continue to invest in vital specialist childhood cancer research and keep families together.”

Georgia said: “I’m excited to be here today to wish all the cyclists the best of luck for their long ride across the UK! I’m thankful for their support of Children with Cancer UK – the charity raises money for childhood cancer research so that more kids facing cancer will get the chance to finish treatment, like me, and ring the end of treatment bell.”

The Tour de Branch challenge has succeeded in raising almost £200,000 to date, boosted significantly by generous sponsorship from a number of supplier companies and RS customers. Further donations to help Children with Cancer UK can be made via the RS Tour de Branch JustGiving page at: 
Find out more at and follow the challenge on social media via #rstourdebranch.

*Survival rates are based on 5-year survival. 84% is an estimated figure by the Office of National Statistics, exact figures will be known in 2023.

About RS Components

RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronics products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2019 had revenues of £1.88bn.

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