Reporter Jonathan White
Work colleagues complete gruelling charity bicycle ride from London to Paris.
Twelve work colleagues from Tarporley-based temporary car insurance company ‘Dayinsure’ cycled from London to Paris to raise thousands of pounds for charity ‘The Joshua Tree’, https://www.thejoshuatree.org.uk/
They completed the 200-mile journey from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th September 2018. They cycled from Greenwich in London to Newhaven, caught the ferry to Dieppe, then rode into the centre of the French capital finishing at the Eiffel Tower. Two of the riders (Ant Breen and Pete Robinson) started two days earlier from the company’s headquarters in Tarporley – adding an extra 216 miles to their journey! The twelve riders were: Stephan Bamber, Barry Bown, Ant Breen, Jamie Hatfield, John Hatfield, Kieran Morralee, Patrick O’Grady, Robert Parry, Pete Robinson, Nicholas Shaw, Sam Welsh and Holly White.. Thus far they have collectively raised over £9,000.
The workers chose The Joshua Tree for their fundraising after receiving a moving talk at their workplace from Peter and Sara from the charity. The Joshua Tree supports families across the North West living with the life-changing experience of childhood cancer. The charity offers support to the whole family – patient, parents, siblings and grandparents, with 1-2-1 support, practical and therapeutic help to ensure that life remains as normal as possible during an incredibly traumatic time.
Cyclist Pat O’Grady, from Nantwich, who works at Dayinsure said, “The London to Paris challenge was a daunting one, it was a tough journey but the group camaraderie made it an unforgettable experience. We’re immensely proud to have raised money for The Joshua Tree, we’ve all been touched by their commitment to helping families struggling with childhood cancer. I’m sure it will be an emotional moment for a lot of our riders when we hand over the cheque. All that’s left is to find a bigger challenge for next year!”
To add to their fundraising total please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dayinsure-tarporley