GEFCO UK smashes Coventry to Paris Cycle Challenge target by raising GBP50,000 for BBC Children in Need

Coventry, UK, Thursday 29th November 2018 – A group of 47 cyclists from GEFCO UK has smashed their fundraising target of GBP50,000 after successfully cycling 300 miles from Coventry to Paris for BBC Children in Need.

Several members from the GEFCO UK cycling team joined the BBC Midlands Today team at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the BBC Children in Need live broadcast on 16th November, to celebrate their achievement with other fundraisers from the region.

“At GEFCO UK, we are hugely supportive of team building initiatives, especially when they are focused on raising money for a worthwhile charity like BBC Children in Need,” said Helen Grover, Director of Human Resources, GEFCO UK.

“We are extremely proud of our cycling team who pulled together to train on weekends and complete the challenge with flying colours, despite many of them not knowing each other before.

“Appearing on BBC Midlands Today for the live Children in Need show was an honour for the team and it was a fabulous end to our fundraising challenge.”

The GEFCO UK cycling team were supported by fitness trainers from Freestyle 360 during the challenge, which was also part of GEFCO UK’s commitment to encouraging health and wellbeing and team building amongst its staff.

“The Coventry to Paris cycle challenge not only resulted in GBP50,000 being raised for charity, but led to new friendships being formed, healthy lifestyles being adopted and a strong sense of community amongst our GEFCO UK sites,” added Grover.

“The Coventry to Paris cycle challenge was a huge success and we are looking forward to further team building activities in the future.”

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

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

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“The Coventry to Paris cycle challenge not only resulted in GBP50,000 being raised for charity, but led to new friendships being formed, healthy lifestyles being adopted, and a strong sense of community amongst our GEFCO UK sites,” said Helen Grover, Director of Human Resources, GEFCO UK.

“The Coventry to Paris cycle challenge not only resulted in GBP50,000 being raised for charity, but led to new friendships being formed, healthy lifestyles being adopted, and a strong sense of community amongst our GEFCO UK sites,” said Helen Grover, Director of Human Resources, GEFCO UK.

 

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 EUR4.4 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/

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