A team from The Midcounties Co-operative put their bikes into gear to tackle an exhausting 500km Paris to Geneva cycle challenge, raising £15,000 for charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust.
Four colleagues from The Midcounties Co-operative completed the four-day challenge by cycling from the Eiffel Tower to Lake Geneva.
The trip saw Dan Pardesi, energy reduction officer, Pat Kiely; head of property services, Peter Lockey, Society marketing manager;and Jon Cobb, property development project manager face daily vertical ascents of over 6,500 feet as they crossed the Jura Mountains
The money raised will go towards helping The Midcounties Co-operative smash its £500,000 fundraising target for Teenage Cancer Trust. The two-year partnership is part of the Society’s commitment to give back to and support the communities in which it trades, and over £460,000 has been raised for the charity since January 2013.
Pardesi said: “Last year we successfully completed the London to Paris cycling challenge, and we knew this year we had to up the stakes and tackle one of Europe’s toughest terrains.
“We are all really inspired by the work that Teenage Cancer Trust does for young people facing cancer, and all the training and steep hills we faced was worth it knowing that we’ve helped to raise even more money for this very worthwhile charity. We’d like to thank all our colleagues, customers and members for generously donating and supporting our challenge.”