An adventurous team of fundraisers from Meadowhall Shopping Centre, in Sheffield, have raised a staggering £30,000 for a local charity by taking on a gruelling 405 miles cycle challenge.
A 26-strong-team of Meadowhall staff and business associates, headed up by Centre Director Darren Pearce, cycled from Sheffield to Paris in aid of the centre’s charity of the year, St Luke’s Hospice.
The daring troops completed the challenge last weekend, which saw the group ride past four different cities and towns throughout England and France in just four days.
The team arrived in Paris and celebrated their success with the Tour de France cyclists of whom they sent on their way in Yorkshire three weeks ago at the Meadowhall Fan Fest.
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director commented: “We had an absolutely fantastic time making the journey from Sheffield to Paris. It has been an absolute pleasure to coordinate this fundraising challenge, pulling together a range of fundraisers from across the city and I would like to thank everyone who was involved.
“To top it off, we rounded the challenge off by watching the final of the Tour de France, of which was great having hosted a huge celebration for the cyclist at the Meadowhall Fan Fest just three weeks ago.
“It was a tough few days, although it was dry and Sunny, the heat was incredible! Each and every participant completed the journey, raising over £30,000 for Meadowhall’s charity of the year, St Luke’s Hospice – a truly terrific achievement.
“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to those who supported us, especially local business Burnt-Tree vehicle hire, who gave us a van free of charge to take with us on the challenge for emergency repairs and to carry all the kit.”
The team, which included representatives from The Source, Evolution Print, Store Financial, Ant Oxley Photography, Makers, South Yorkshire Police, Macalloy, Lupton Fawcett Denton Till, JE James, Nabarro, BBC, Irwin Mitchell and Clipper, also raised sponsorship money ahead of the challenge by cycling on the shopping malls in the lead up to the big event.
Fran Morley, Head of Relationship Fundraising at St Luke’s, said: “We are delighted that Meadowhall are really going that extra mile to back us as charity of the year. They have been very supportive and proactive in raising funds and we are enjoying working so closely with them.
“Thank you very much to Darren and his team for taking on the incredible challenge and raising an amazing amount that will truly make a difference.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Sheffield to Paris cycle challenge, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/meadowhall2014sheffield2pariscyclehcallenge