The incredible team from Principal took on the gruelling challenge of cycling from London to Paris covering nearly 300 miles, climbing 15,798ft over 3 days to raise much-needed funds for disabled children and families.
The 16 strong team with two additional support crew pedal powered this iconic cycling challenge starting from the company’s office in St Pauls.
The journey took them through the beautiful Kent countryside across the channel making their way across rolling green hills, battlefields and French market towns and finally reaching the capital and cycling down the Champs Elysees and finishing at the momentous Eiffel Tower.
The journey took grit and determination and was not without its challenges and injuries. Beams are so grateful for all their support, many of the team had never taken on such a huge challenge, some had never ridden so far and a few of the team brought bikes especially for the challenge.
Anthony, one of the cyclists explained what motivated the team to take part:
“It was certainly tough, but what an experience! I have seen first-hand the incredible support Beams provide and the difference it makes to both the children and their families so we could not think of a better charity to raise money for. They were also cheering us along all the way to Paris!”
The total amount raised is over £30,000 and will all go towards providing vital care services and short breaks for disabled children across Kent and Medway.
This is such a fantastic achievement from all involved and it is thanks to corporate partners and fundraising events and challenges like these that we are able to continue to provide holiday play schemes, day trips and respite care for children that would otherwise not be provided with these opportunities.
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