Staff from Paragon, Interserve’s specialist fit-out business, were amongst sixty eight intrepid employees who in May saddled up to cycle from London to Paris in a bid to raise over £110,000 for a variety of charities, including Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The team chose Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after team member, Rob Aspland, lost his father-in-law to leukaemia in December 2012. Rob said, "Maurice battled the disease for 14 months before he unfortunately lost his fight. His death had a huge impact on my wife and family, as such we were happy to help raise awareness and money to fight this awful disease."
The cyclists were made up of ten regional business teams plus a team from Paragon. The teams aimed to raise over £110,000 for a variety of mainly regional charities by means of corporate sponsorship and individual donations.
Having set off from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich Park in London the cyclists rode in groups of fifteen to eighteen, meeting up for lunch and evening meals, finishing three days later at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Their route took them around 275 miles via Dover, Calais and Amiens.
Commenting on the initiative, Gordon Kew, Interserve UK Building Managing Director, UK Building, who himself took part, said:
“Interserve Construction’s regional teams have really adopted a charitable spirit and spent 1000s of hours training as well as committing over 130 working days to this venture. This is a great example of our business giving something back to the communities in which we work, which is one of the underlining principles of our Interserve Employee Foundation. I am absolutely delighted to be part of this fantastic initiative.”
Main corporate sponsors for the event include Capita, Opus Building Services, Leehill Construction, Interserve Engineering Services, Skerritts, Innovare, Hewlett & Sons, Actiform Group & Masefield Building Services, DMA, RCL Royland, Rentec, Progressive Systems, Opus and Spie.
Those interested in supporting the initiative can donate by visiting justgiving.com/ParagonL2P-Leukaemia.
The teams’ progress can be followed via twitter with the hashtag #IRVL2P.