The team behind one of Yorkshire’s most successful digital businesses has made a major donation towards the new Maggie’s cancer centre being built in Yorkshire.

Directors and investors in Sumo Group plc, which floated on the stock market valued at £145m in December, have pledged £120,000 towards the £6m target to build a Maggie’s Centre at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Four of the directors of the Sheffield-based computer games developer have made significant donations to the charity through its Patrons Scheme, and their pledges were matched by Perwyn, the private equity investor which is a major investor in Sumo Group.

Now Sumo’s chairman Ken Beaty, is getting into the saddle to further support Maggie’s by riding in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride, the charity sportive along the route of next month’s Tour de Yorkshire race, which features some of the world’s best cyclists.

Maggie’s Yorkshire is one of the ride’s nominated charities, and there are still some places left for keen cyclists who want to take part and support Maggie’s. To book your place, go to

Mr Beaty said: “I’m a big supporter of Maggie’s Yorkshire and a keen cyclist, so the opportunity to cycle the Tour de Yorkshire route and raise money for Maggie’s at the same time was one I didn’t want to miss.

“Sumo Group is one of the most recent London Stock Market IPO’s of a Yorkshire company, and I am delighted that its success is helping benefit such a worthwhile cause as Maggie’s Yorkshire.”

Maggie’s Yorkshire, which has been designed by world renowned architect Heatherwick Studio, is due to open in spring 2019 and will be a calming and peaceful place, where people affected by cancer and their families will be offered practical help and support from a team of experts.

The charity will also benefit from sales of a unique commemorative jersey celebrating Yorkshire cycling legend Beryl Burton. The Tour de Yorkshire jersey pays tribute to the remarkable three decade career of Leeds-born Beryl Burton OBE, who won seven world titles, 90 domestic championships and set the women’s record for the 12-hour time trial.

The jersey is available to pre-order at

For more information on Maggie’s Yorkshire and the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride contact: Di Flatt, Campaign Manager Yorkshire, Maggie’s Centres at or on 07557 970842


April 2018