KME Yorkshire’s Commercial Director, Neil Overton, has jumped back in the saddle to raise money for another very worthy cause!

Just a year after completing a 200 mile London to Paris bike ride for The Meningitis Trust he took part in a gruelling 280-mile cycling marathon with teammates from customer BSS Industrial in a bid to raise £10,000 for Help the Hospices!

The three day journey, which started at Brussels Railway Station on October 11th and ended on the steps of the iconic Frankfurt Cathedral on October 13th, was organised by staff at BSS, who originally approached KME Yorkshire for sponsorship.

Keen cyclist Neil not only agreed to provide a full set of cycle jerseys but signed up to be a part of the team!

He explains: “I received the request for sponsorship on the same day I had been notified that a Sprint Triathlon I had entered had been cancelled. Rather than let all my training go to waste I asked if I could take part in the Brussels to Frankfurt bike ride and was delighted when BSS said yes.

“We faced three days of rain, wind, sunshine and even rode into the night. We all enjoyed every minute of it!

“Help the Hospices is a fantastic charity which provides funding to the hundreds of hospices across the UK. It was an honour to be part of a team dedicated to raising money for this cause.”

Frank Elkins, BSS Industrial Managing Director, added: “We were lucky to have a team of really enthusiastic individuals who were willing to undertake this challenge, putting their bodies through their paces for a great cause.

“It was fantastic that Neil could take part - not only generating even more funds for the charity but helping to spur the team on when the journey got particularly difficult. 

“The BSS biking challenges are now becoming an annual occurrence – I hope we haven’t put Neil off joining us again in 2013!”

Neil’s fellow riders included Frank Elkins, Tom Wilson, Steve Harris, Matt Trott and James Gaby of BSS Industrial, Graham Moore of Flamco and Charlie Cleverly. They were joined by BSS Industrial staff John Rees and Gary Hughes, who travelled in the team support van alongside the riders to provide support, supplies & encouragement throughout the journey.  

The total raised currently stands at almost £6600 and donations can be made by visiting


Picture Caption:  From left to right are Neil Overton of KME Yorkshire, Frank Elkins of BSS, Steve Harris of BSS and Graham Moore of Flamco

Notes to editors

KME Yorkshire provides its market leading Yorkshire Copper Tube products to companies across the globe. It is a member of the KME Group of companies, which together represent Europe’s largest producer of copper and copper alloy materials.

BSS Industrial forms the Industrial Division of The BSS Group Ltd. Established over 110 years ago with a single location, the company has grown to 58 branches supported by a National Distribution Centre based at Lutterworth in the East Midlands which provides daily branch deliveries.

Help the Hospices is BSS Industrial's charity partner and champions and supports hospice care, representing more than 200 hospices across the UK.

For further information please contact: Paula Holden or Julie Hackett at ICG on 01772 679383, or e-mail: or