Dransfield Properties’s pedal power
Each year members of Team Dransfield set off on an incredible cycle challenge, which sees riders annually complete a leg of their Tour of Europe ride. Last week we were presented with the amazing total raised for Bloodwise through the 2015 ride.
The charity cycle team from Dransfield Properties Ltd, who completed a tough 430 mile, five day challenge cycling through Germany last year, presented a cheque for £16,650 to Bloodwise during a visit to Leeds research centre last week.
The donation was part of the £50,000 total raised for charities by the 16-strong team of riders last year when they covered over 400 miles cycling from Munich to Berlin in September 2015. The riders, who come from across the UK, supported Bloodwise and Action Against Cancer (AAC, and a third of the funds raised every year is also donated to other charities and groups nominated by the team of riders through the Dransfield Foundation.
Last Wednesday I went to Leeds where the team were given a tour of the labs kindly hosted by Bloodwise funded research Dr Gina Doody and team, and had the opportunity to find out more about the ground breaking research work they're helping to fund, along with an insight in to some of the projects funded through Bloodwise.
The annual Tour of Europe ride started back in 2007 and saw the team cycle from London to Paris. Over the last nine years the riders have covered more than 3,000 miles, travelled through six different countries and raised over £350,000 for charity.
Mark Dransfield, Managing Director of Dransfield Properties Ltd, said: “Being able to meet members of the team who are undertaking the vital work and research into the treatment and cure of blood cancers is an incredible honour for our team. Being able to see what our fundraising efforts helps to support is certainly something which helps us to tackle those tough hill climbs during the ride.
"We would like to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported the team throughout the 2015 challenge – we really do appreciate every penny that is donated.”
The team are already busy planning the 2016 ride which will take place in September, and will pick up from last year’s finish point in Berlin to finish in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen where they'll once again cover over 400 miles in just under five days.
Thank you so much to Team Dransfield for yet another fantastic donation. Their ongoing support of Bloodwise is greatly appreciated, and they are making a fantastic contribution to our work to beat blood cancer, including the ground breaking work which they saw first-hand during our visit to our Leeds research centre at St James’s Hospital.
Pictured below are members of Team Dransfield and our Grimsby Branch during the hands on experience part of our tour in Leeds, along with a great photo from last year’s ride.