Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
THERE’S a particularly good reason why this group of people are pleased to be pictured at the seaside. It marks the completion of a cycle ride that has taken them from Aberdeen to Brighton!
And the marathon trip has raised more than £50,000 for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.
Strength and stamina was tested when employees from Bright Horizons Family Solutions – which has its headquarters in Rushden – took part in the sponsored cycle challenge to help raise funds for their children’s foundation.
The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children supports families and children in crisis, living in temporary accommodation or fleeing from domestic violence.
The challenge, which involved six full-time cyclists, started at the company’s most northerly nursery in Aberdeen on May 6 and finished at the Grand Brighton Hotel on May 19; a 750-mile journey.
Throughout the challenge, the cyclists visited 16 nursery sites and the UK headquarters in Rushden, and were joined en route by cyclists from local nurseries, in addition to two colleagues from the US.
The cyclists, with the support of the company’s nurseries, support offices, clients and suppliers, have raised more than £50,000, which will be used to build on the foundation’s 37 Bright Spaces; which are warm, safe, enriching spaces created by the foundation to help families and children in need.
Jeremy Clark, development director at Bright Horizons and one of the six intrepid cyclists, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their incredible support throughout the challenge; we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you!
“We set an ambitious target both in terms of the challenge itself and our fundraising target, and I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to hit both.
“The money raised for the foundation will have a tremendous impact by creating spaces where children and families can play, learn, have fun and most of all feel safe.”
Tracy Wilkes-Green, foundation manager, added: “I am so proud of everyone within the company. From the get-go, everyone has been incredibly supportive to our cyclists and it’s another example of the fantastic enthusiasm and support throughout Bright Horizons for our Foundation.”
If you would like to support the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, you can donate on their justgiving.com/BHFC/ page.
Pictured above – CYCLING CHALLENGE ACHIEVED: Covering 750 miles and raising more than £50,000 – the team celebrate their success down on the beach at Brighton.