Staff at our Droitwich office recently gave up their lunch breaks and replaced them with pedal power– all in aid of charity.
A total of 16 employees set themselves the challenge of collectively cycling 136 miles at Droitwich Leisure Centre from July 24 to July 28.
The cycling challenge was in support of Francis Samasuwo, who works in our audit department and took part in this year’s Prudential Ride London on July 30 to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.
The 24-year-old has set his sights on raising £5,000 for the charity after his mum, Jill, was diagnosed with breast cancer. And the RideLondon bike ride is just one of several fund-raising activities Francis will be taking part in over the coming months to help boost its coffers.
“I took part in the Prudential Ride London last year, but was unfortunately unable to complete it due to accidents that took place en route,” explains Francis.
“But I didn’t let that put me off, which is why I decided to take part in it again this year, as it’s for a cause that means such a great deal to me. It’s fantastic that I have such supportive colleagues behind me too.”
Francis started the race 136 miles away at Olympic Park in Stratford – the distance our Droitwich office staff clocked up during their lunch breaks. In addition to cycling during their lunch breaks, they also held a fund-raising dress down day and cake sale.
Francis has so far raised more than £700 in sponsorship. To sponsor Francis, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Francis-Samasuwo14
Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity providing care, information and support to people who are affected by breast cancer. For more information about the charity and its work, visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk.
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