A group of cyclists from GEFCO UK has raised £36,273 for BBC Children in Need after cycling 300 miles from Coventry (UK) to Paris (France) in four days.
The amount is expected to increase in the coming weeks as the 47 cyclists arrive back at the GEFCO UK Coventry headquarters and continue to fundraise for BBC Children in Need, which supports projects working to make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
“BBC Children in Need are hugely grateful to each and every rider that really has gone above and beyond to make an impact on the lives of children and young people across the UK,” said BBC Children in Need commercial director, Claire Hoyle.
“This phenomenal total is testament to their efforts, and really will go on to make a difference, thank you.”
During the event, the team was accompanied by Jaguar Land Rover support vehicles, fitness trainers from Freestyle 360, and representatives from GEFCO UK management as part of the overall support team.
“GEFCO UK is committed to supporting employee wellbeing, encouraging team building, and giving back to the community, and the cycling challenge ticked all the boxes,” said GEFCO UK director of human resources, Helen Grover.
“The team included GEFCO UK staff from across the country, so most people involved had never met each other before.
“It was amazing to see how the challenge brought them all together, formed new friendships, and helped some to achieve weight loss and fitness goals.
“We are now on target for smashing our fundraising goal of GBP50,000 for BBC Children in Need, but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our partners, sponsors, and the local community.
“We would especially like to thank The Bristol Port Company who generously sponsored the challenge by donating GBP3,500.”
The cyclists set off from GEFCO UK’s Coventry headquarters at Prologis Park on September 7, before making pit stops at Blenheim Palance, Oxfordshire, and DJ Chris Evans’ pub, The Mulberry Inn, Surrey, and arriving at GEFCO’s Courbevoie facility in France on September 10.
GEFCO UK is a subsidiary of France-based GEFCO Group, offering global supply chain solutions and automotive logistics through a multimodal network.
To donate to the GEFCO UK BBC Children in Need campaign, visit Virgin Money Giving.