The Tour de Jewson, a charity fund-raising effort by staff at builders merchant Jewson, has beaten its target.
After 11 days in the saddle, Jewson staff, suppliers and customers arrived at the finish line in John O’Groats on October 16. The event was originally targeted to raise £10,000 for Help the Hospices, however the final total looks set to hit £15,000.
Some 161 cyclists took part, including four Jewson customers, six suppliers, one world champion and 150 Jewson staff from all departments across the business. Jewson managing director, Peter Hindle MBE, and sales & operations director, Neil Lawrence took part, as well, along with Mick Ives, a former cycle-cross world champion.
The athletes covered over 8,398 miles, which took in three supplier locations, two football stadiums, 11 regional centres, 68 branches and the Jewson head office in Binley.
Hindle said: “I’m delighted that the Tour de Jewson has managed to raise such a significant sum of money for Help the Hospices. It’s a truly worthwhile cause and the contribution we can now make to the charity is a real testament to all those who dedicated time, effort and willpower to take part in the event.”
Since its launch in 2002, Jewson’s ‘Together’ charity programme has raised over £1.6 million for some great causes including the British Heart Foundation, Great Ormond Street and Cancer Research UK. The programme encourages Jewson staff, their families, customers and suppliers to organise and participate in a range of activities to support the nominated charity through fundraising and volunteering. July 2009 saw the launch of the ‘together’ partnership between Help the Hospices & Jewson, with almost 500 sites twinned with their local hospice.