A group of managers from Selco Builders Warehouse have completed a cycling marathon, raising over £20,000 for charity.
Fourteen branch and senior managers from the builders merchant took to their bikes for a demanding 75 mile ride around New Forest, which helped raise funds for the company’s nominated charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
The first rider over the finish line of the New Forest Conquest route clocked an impressive time of four and a half hours and, despite some participants having limited cycling experience, the entire group finished in less than eight hours.
Ross Sandy, Charlton branch manager and leader of the challenge team, said: “It was a great experience for everyone involved. The going was pretty tough at times, but everyone pulled together for the good cause.
“Some members of the team hadn’t cycled for over 25 years, yet still showed the determination to pass the finishing line and raise a fantastic amount of money for Macmillan.
“Our team spirit was definitely the drive we needed to keep everyone going until the very end. The sense of achievement when we crossed the finish line made the pain worthwhile!
“Raising over £20,000 for Macmillan is a fantastic achievement that we should be very proud of. Everyone has been extremely generous, from colleagues and family members to customers and suppliers.”
Since 2012, Selco has raised over £200,000 for Macmillan and have this year pledged to continue its fundraising.
Selco has hosted a range of fundraising initiatives in the past such as charity golf days, sponsored runs and a charity matches in conjunction with Selco-sponsored sports teams. The company has set itself an ambitious fundraising target of £300,000 by the end of 2016.
Chris Cunliffe, chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “To finish the 75 mile course is a fantastic achievement for all taking part and thanks go to each and every member of the team, especially the management for making it happen. It’s a tremendous effort from all involved and we appreciate all the pain of training and the challenge itself to raise these valuable funds for Macmillan.”