GEFCO UK cycle team raise over thirty-five thousand pounds for BBC Children In Need

Coventry, UK, Monday, 17th September 2018 — A group of cyclists from GEFCO UK has raised GBP36,273 for BBC Children in Need after cycling 300 miles from Coventry, UK, to Paris, France, in four days.

The amount is expected to increase in the coming weeks as the 47 cyclists arrive back at the GEFCO UK Coventry headquarters and continue to fundraise for BBC Children in Need, which supports projects working to make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

“BBC Children in Need are hugely grateful to each and every rider that really has gone above and beyond to make an impact on the lives of children and young people across the UK,” said Claire Hoyle, Commercial Director, BBC Children in Need.

“This phenomenal total is testament to their efforts, and really will go on to make a difference, thank you.”

During the event, the team was accompanied by Jaguar Land Rover support vehicles, fitness trainers from Freestyle 360, and representatives from GEFCO UK management as part of the overall support team.

“GEFCO UK is committed to supporting employee wellbeing, encouraging team building, and giving back to the community, and the cycling challenge ticked all the boxes,” said Helen Grover, Director of Human Resources, GEFCO UK.

“The team included GEFCO UK staff from across the country, so most people involved had never met each other before.

“It was amazing to see how the challenge brought them all together, formed new friendships, and helped some to achieve weight loss and fitness goals.

“We are now on target for smashing our fundraising goal of GBP50,000 for BBC Children in Need, but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our partners, sponsors, and the local community.

“We would especially like to thank The Bristol Port Company who generously sponsored the challenge by donating GBP3,500.”

The cyclists set off from GEFCO UK’s Coventry headquarters at Prologis Park on September 7, before making pit stops at Blenheim Palance, Oxfordshire, and DJ Chris Evans’ pub, The Mulberry Inn, Surrey, and arriving at GEFCO’s Courbevoie facility in France on September 10.

GEFCO UK is a subsidiary of France-based GEFCO Group, offering global supply chain solutions and automotive logistics through a multimodal network.

To donate to the GEFCO UK BBC Children in Need campaign, visit Virgin Money Giving.

For more information, visit www.gefco.net

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Some of the GEFCO UK cycling team at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

 

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The GEFCO UK team arriving in Courbevoie after cycling 300-miles from Coventry.

 

ABOUT GEFCO

At GEFCO, we believe long-lasting cooperation with partners is the key to shared growth. Building on 69 years of expertise and a strong heritage in the automotive industry, we design smart, flexible solutions for complex supply chains. Today, the GEFCO Group is the European leader in automotive logistics, and a top 10 global partner in multimodal supply chain solutions.

The Group is present in 47 countries, includes over 300 destinations in its current network and employs 13,000 people globally. GEFCO reported a turnover of €4.4 billion in 2017.

GEFCO has been present in the UK since 1981. With headquarters located in Coventry, GEFCO UK employs 600 people in 18 sites. https://uk.gefco.net/

Website: www.gefco.net; Twitter: @GEFCO_Group

 

ABOUT BBC CHILDREN IN NEED

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy, and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.  The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting, and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting 2,700 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect, or trauma.

More information about BBC Children in Need can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey