Independent East Anglian builders merchants Kent Blaxill has raised around £7000 for the CLIC Sargent charity after completing a 175 mile cycle ride, visiting all eight of its branches.
A total of 58 riders, comprising of staff, customers and suppliers, took part in the “Tour de Branch” that celebrated 175 years of continuous trade at Kent Blaxill.
Simon Blaxill, Kent Blaxill managing director, said: “We have had great feedback from those that took part. Everyone from experienced riders to relative novices participated in great spirit, which along with good weather helped to make it a fantastic day out for all. Many of them have asked whether we will hold it again next year.”
Cyclists included Blaxill and his son Josh, board member Ben Kent, as well as Richard Cutter and Stephen Marshall from the Colchester branch; James Park and Kris Towells from the Ipswich branch; and Chris Peverett from the Bury St Edmunds branch.
Welcomes and feed stations were provided at all the company branches – Braintree, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Melton, Ipswich, Kirby and Colchester.
CLIC Sargent was designated as the event charity after the support it provided for a young Kent Blaxill employee in Colchester who sadly died of cancer in August.
Other riders taking part in the event came from Kent Blaxill customers – including Horizon Construction, Rose Builders and TJ Evers. And manufacturer and supplier teams taking part in the ride included those from main sponsor Crown Trade, as well as Stoneham Kitchens, Expamet, Ibstock, Rixonway, Global Stone, All About Bricks, XL Joinery and Tembe DIY.
Blaxill said: “The event was not intended to be a race, but as a challenge and a chance for all who are participating to enjoy the landscape of the East Anglian countryside as well as raising some money for CLIC Sargent.
“The event has raised £7,000 so far with donations still coming in.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor the riders can find details at: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/KB175