Our Summer Charity Challenge: 210 miles on 2 wheels

Members of the Brunel team put themselves through their paces after taking part in a 210 mile charity cycle ride, “Ride for Precious Lives”, to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Though the ride was officially 210 miles, the team had other ideas. Due to a late surge of reckless enthusiasm towards the end of Day 1, coupled with a loss in spatial awareness for a short period of time, the Brunel team took it upon themselves to ride much further than this. Quite how much further will remain a secret, but rest assured the Brunel team can promise that they went the “extra mile” for CHSW, and then some!

Five members of the Brunel team took part in the charity bike ride from 11th to 13th July, including Managing Director, Damien Rylett, Directors Steve Brady and David Buchan, Brunel’s Business Manager, Beccy Kedward and Paraplanner, Andy “Wiggins” Weston.

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Together the team helped to raise around £3,000 in aid of CHSW, with sponsorship still coming in (our JustGiving page is still open here). The ride aimed to raise £70,000 but at the last count, this total was heading north of £75,000, which is a fabulous collective achievement.

CHSW is a wonderful charity that Brunel is very proud to be associated with. It is comprised of three hospices in St Austell, Barnstaple and Bristol, all looking after children with life limiting conditions and their families. Riding into all three hospices throughout the course of the Ride For Precious Lives and listening to some of the stories placed five numb bottoms firmly into perspective.

The gruelling 210+ mile bike ride started in Cornwall and finished in style in Bristol as the organisers had obtained permission to have the Clifton Suspension Bridge closed for the riders, who collected together for the last dash to the finish. It was a wonderful end to an epic adventure that finished in sunshine on the Downs with a chilled and most welcome cider.

Thank you to all of you who have sponsored the team so far!