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Construction workers' cycle ride gives charities £20k boost

Staff from Morgan Sindall have raised almost £20,000 for three charities after completing an epic three-day cycle challenge which saw them cross the channel.

The 25-strong team of cyclists set off from Morgan Sindall’s Poole office and rode over 250 miles to Paris to raise money for LV Streetwise, the Wessex Cancer Trust and The Children’s Trust.

The gruelling challenge was the brainchild of Morgan Sindall business development manager Rob Whitham and area director Paul Gale, who enlisted the help of 17 of their colleagues, and eight members of staff from mechanical and electrical firm Working Environments, one of the company’s subcontractors. Bournemouth-based bike specialist Primera Sport provided the team with support, including professional bike fits for the trip, while Parkers Merchanting paid for the team’s shirts and Working Environments paid for the shorts.

“In the current economic climate, we feel that it’s never been more important to support local charities and help them continue their excellent work,” explains Paul. “We wanted to do something big – a massive challenge that would raise a considerable sum of money for all three charities. Everyone seemed excited by the idea of cycling from Poole to Paris, so we decided to go for it.”

The first day of the trip saw the team cycle 66 miles, followed by 92 miles on each of days two and three. They completed the punishing trek by cycling down the Champs-Élysées – just hours before the professionals taking part in the Tour de France finished their race in the same spot.

“The final 20 miles was pretty tough because we really upped our pace, but it was a brilliant experience,” says Rob. “We originally hoped to raise around £10,000 but we’ve managed to collect almost double that. We’d like to thank everyone who donated so generously and we’re already thinking about what we might be able to do for our next challenge.”