The Lord Mayor of Cork CllrColm Kelleher joining in on the fun with Aaron Mansworth and Diarmuid Vaughan as Trigon Hotels cycled the distance from Cork to Dublin and back during a six hour spinathon. The event raised over €1,000 for Cope Foundation. Photo: Brian Lougheed

It’s spin a great cycle

Staff at a city centre hotel recently joined the Lord Mayor in cycling the distance to Dublin and back for Cope Foundation.

During a six hour spinathon on Harley Street in the city, team members from Trigon Hotels, which owns the Metropole Hotel on MacCurtain Street, took to static bikes provided by UCC’s Mardyke Arena.

A team of 40 people were involved overall, cycling 576km between them and burning a combined total of more than 14,000 calories.

The event raised over €1,000 for Cope Foundation which supports over 2,800 children and adults with an intellectual disability and or/autism across Cork city and county.

Commenting at the event, the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Colm Kelleher highlighted the difficulties faced by charities over the past 18 months.

“It has been challenging for charities to have fundraising events since the pandemic began, so it is really important to support charities and companies when they do organise events,” he said.

Also commenting was Communications and Fundraising Manager for Cope Foundation Jo-Anne Higgins, who said the event is just one of many in the pipeline.

“Trigon Hotels share Cope Foundation's vision for a more inclusive Cork, so our collaboration makes a lot of sense.

“The Spinathon is one of a number of fundraising initiatives developed by Trigon Hotels as part of the partnership and we are delighted to be working together to raise funds and awareness about inclusive practices. Partnerships such as this are integral to our work in the Cork community,” said Ms Higgins.