On Thursday 11 July, 20 Berkeley St Edwards staff started their cycle ride from London to Paris to raise money for their three chosen charities; Momentum, The Connection and READY.
The cyclists set off from Greenwich Observatory and cycled 280 miles to their destination in France. The route saw the team pass through Kent via Rochester and Canterbury, before boarding a ferry at Dover. Once in France they continued their journey through scenic villages and Somme Valley. After completing 4 demanding days of cycling, the staff's efforts were rewarded with their venture concluding in Paris on Bastille Day, France's national day which boasted vast celebrations throughout the city.
Sophie Harrison, organiser and participant stated; "We were so pleased to raise money for three charities really close to our hearts; and we had an absolute blast doing it. France was beautiful and it was a great feeling to roll into Paris as one big team."
The fantastic team effort of the 20 participants meant that all team members completed their challenge, generating a collective effort of £20,000 for the selected charities.
Momentum, founded in 2004, is a charity that focuses on supporting children and their families throughout cancer treatment. At any one time, their remarkable work provides support for 200 families whose child is in active treatment, and a further 75 bereaved families.
The Connection is a charity focused on assisting the homeless. Their incredible efforts provide a range of services, from helping individuals cope with the physical and psychological torment of being homeless, to providing supported housing.
READY raises money to support disabled young individuals play sport and take part in healthy activities. The charity has helped hundreds of children, through the provision wheelchairs, prosthetics, equipment and sport lessons.