City Cycle 300...And they are off
Today 11 challengers and 4 support crew from The Serocor Group of companies set-off on a gruelling challenge to ride 300 miles over 3 days with a target to raise £20,000 in aid of the Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices for children and young adults. The event will take place over three days, completing a gruelling 100 miles and 7-8 hours in the saddle per day.
The challengers include members of the senior management team at the Serocor Group (encompassing ARM, Bloc, Optamor,Hawker Chase and Serocor Solutions) as well as riders and support crew from across the business.
Tom Hickling, Senior Recruitment Consultant at ARM, is one of the riders and was central in organising the event, commented, “It is a challenging course. The team will be burning around 7,000 calories per day and will climb over 700ft through the North Sussex and South Downs, climbing over 6,000ft in total. In the team we have an Iron Man Challenger, as well as a mixture of gym-goers and some less experienced riders – the result being a fantastic combination of steely determination and genuine ability.”
Sarah Hudson, Area and Business Fundraiser for Naomi House, commented: “There are fundraising challenges and then there are fundraising challenges. Serocor are really going all out on this one, and to cycle 300 miles over three days is no mean feat. We wish them all the very best with their challenge and thank them for their fabulous and inspiring support.”
Tom continued, “Whilst it's a great challenge it is nothing compared to the fantastic work that Naomi House & Jacksplace do every day. The hospices provide invaluable palliative care that includes respite, emergency and end of life care for children, young people and their families, affected by life-limiting and life-threatening circumstances. As a team and a business we are passionate about supporting charities however we can, so the City Cycle 300 challenge presented an interesting, challenging and fun way to try and make a difference.
The £20,000 fundraising target will make a huge difference to the charity and could fund the following:
- 5 overnight respite stays
- 1 week summer holiday
- 10 hydrotherapy sessions
- 5 music therapy sessions
- 5 Grandparents days
- 8 weeks of nursing care
- 2 youth club sessions
- 3 family rooms for a week
- 1 week’s catering for family and visitors
- 6 additional hours of nursing care
The riders have been training in their spare time, either in small groups or separately, whenever possible to prepare for the task – with two taking part in the 100 miles Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive event. Equally, the wider Serocor Group team will also be raising money in other ways, which include 'Turbo Days' – whereby riders cycle on two turbo trainers at the company's Havant HQ (the next of which is being held on Wednesday 3rd June, with support and awareness raising by representatives of Naomi House). The company is also holding a raffle and dress down day amongst staff on Friday 29th May – with prizes donated by suppliers.