~ Goadsby duo cycle to Paris in 24 hours for Dorset cancer patients ~
Divisional Directors, Gavin Harris and David Hardwick have successfully completed their charity ride from the Southampton branch of Goadsby to Paris in only 24 hours.
Gavin commented ‘’We are both delighted that we managed to make it the 225miles within the 24 hour deadline, but what is more astonishing is the amount of money that has been raised and support that we have received from our sponsors, the public, our friends and family. We have managed to smash our £3000 target and are now just shy of £5000, all of which goes directly to our chosen charity DORSET CANCER CARE’’
David added ‘’Over the last five months we have trained hard, which certainly helped, but we both strongly believe that the sponsorship money raised spurred us on to complete the ride! The challenges we faced included a late night ride along the seafront from Brighton to Newhaven port, a 5:30am very cold start in France and some very large hills to climb leading up to Paris. Not even mentioning the busy ride through Paris city centre! ‘’
Goadsby, Gavin and David, would like to thank all of the support received throughout this event.
Donations can still be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/goadsby24hrcharityridetoparis
DCCF would like to express our gratitude to Gavin and David for their support of the charity and congratulate them on their achievement.
Two divisional directors from Goadsby estate agents are preparing to cycle from Southampton to Paris in under 24 hours for Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF).
Keen triathletes Gavin Harris, 37, and David Hardwick, 38, are used to setting themselves challenges. But this will be the first time they have undertaken such a gruelling cycle ride.
Gavin explained: “We will be setting off from our Southampton office on September 26 and sailing from Newhaven to Dieppe before cycling the same route used by the famous London to Paris cycle ride, all the way to the Eiffel Tower.
“In total it is around 250 miles but a large portion will be along the River Seine, so we are hoping the beauty of our surroundings will make it a little easier!”
This is Goadsby’s 60th year in business and to celebrate its special anniversary the company has chosen three charities to benefit from its fundraising.
“We chose Dorset Cancer Care Foundation as the sole beneficiary of the ride because it does incredible work locally in offering financial support to people going through cancer,” said David.
We had aimed to raise around £2000 in the cycle event, but thanks to our many sponsors including SB Electrical Dorset and Lester Aldridge solicitors, we are already up above the £3000 mark,” added Gavin.
He continued: “I lost my grandfather to cancer and I know David has also lost loved ones to it, so knowing we are doing this to help local families going through cancer will give us a real push when the going gets tough.”
Dorset Cancer Care Foundation was set up in 2012. Every penny raised by the charity stays in Dorset and helps fund individual grants for anything from patients’ travel to and from hospital, to short breaks and household bills.
Eve Went, a founder of DCCF, said: “Goadsby is a huge supporter of DCCF and we are so grateful for their sterling efforts. They are a fabulous bunch of people who are really committed to helping local people going through the trials of cancer and we are full of admiration for Gavin and David for undertaking this massive challenge on our behalf.”
Donations for the cycle ride can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/goadsby24hrCharityRideToParis
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