STAFF at Bridgefords estate agents will be getting on their bikes later today - for an exhausting nine hours.
They will be sitting in the saddle for a spinathon to raise funds in memory of gym owner Harry Kidger who died last year from mesothelioma - brought on from working with asbestos years ago.
Harry’s widow Sara used to work at the agency on Flowergate and has remained close friends with the staff there.
She has since set up the Harry Kidger Snowdrop Fund to raise money to aid research into the disease which often presents itself decades after the person was exposed to asbestos and for which there are limited treatments and cures.
The bikes have been loaned by the Fitness Machine gym on Silver Street which Harry ran and tickets are also on sale for a music event taking place at the Vinyard tonight.
Harry’s favourite band, the Tri-Tones, will be taking to the stage and there will be a raffle and auction.
Marion Roe, the branch manager at Bridgefords, said: “Having been former close colleagues when Sara worked here and remained good friends, Sara now running her own successful business, Sahara cafe, has remained close to all of us.
“We were sorry that we could do nothing to help when Harry was ill, but we are going to show support for the Harry Kidger Snowdrop Fund in aid of mesothelioma research.
“There will be collection buckets, raffle tickets, badges for sale. We are hoping to seek support from local businesses and the Whitby community.”