Friday, August 24, 2018

BBC Children in Need Appeal Gets Support from Multimodal Logistics Group

Your Chance to Sponsor Intrepid Riders Heading for Paris
Shipping News Feature
UK – FRANCE – Automotive and multimodal logistics group GEFCO has organised a support team for this year's BBC Children in Need appeal which will undertake the 4 day, 300 mile cycle ride from Coventry to Paris, and you still have the chance to sponsor the team as it attempts to raise £50,000 to help an enterprise which currently supports around 2,500 projects in the UK which work with charities to help disadvantaged children and young people to make their lives that little bit better.

But what inspires the fifty individual volunteer riders to take part in such an event, particularly in cases such as that of someone like 51 year old Wilma McGrogan, Admin Team Leader, Fleet Solutions Department at GEFCO UK, who has never ridden before? Especially as training has had to be fitted around caring for her mother who has dementia. She explains her motives thus:

“I had an extremely difficult year in 2017, which included treatment for cancer, heart complications during surgery, and contracting e-coli while in hospital. My recovery took almost one year and my fitness levels dropped to below zero, so when the cycle challenge opportunity came up at GEFCO I thought that I should embrace life and challenge myself, including learning how to ride a bike.

“This has had an enormous impact on my life with the training slowly encouraging me back on to a healthy road and I am feeling fitter, stronger, and happier as I train as much as possible for the event. The freedom it gives you whilst out riding is amazing, not just physically or environmentally, but it also clears the head from any worries.”

For others, such as father-of-two Adam Lilley, 38, from Kettering, Northamptonshire who works as Vehicle Operations Manager, it was a combination of family concerns, plus the same desire to raise money for disadvantaged children which has inspired all the riders. He explains:

“GEFCO announced this challenge in the same week that my dad, who has always been relatively healthy, suffered a heart attack at home following a lengthy spell of what he thought was indigestion. I have regularly donated to charity out of my income, but there has been a growing sense that it’s not enough, so I hope this opportunity is the first of many where I can actually do more than dip my hand into my own pocket to try and help others.”

The participants are now training intensively as the start date of 7th September quickly approaches, and the group recently completed an 856-mile test ride at Rutland Water, East Midlands. The group is hoping to raise £50,000, and out of the funds raised so far some £17,000 to date, Bristol Port alone has donated £3,500.

The cyclists will be setting off from Coventry’s Prologis Park GEFCO UK headquarters on 7th September 2018, and they will make their first stop at Blenheim Palace. On 8th September they will cycle from Reading to Newhaven with a pit stop at Chris Evans’ pub The Mulberry Inn in Sussex, and they will make the ferry crossing on 9th September before arriving at the GEFCO Courbevoie facility in France on 10th September, the whole ride covered on social media channels with the hashtag, #GEFCOC2P.

To help sponsor this admirable event please use the link HERE.