A team from Higgins Group PLC are on track to raise more than £17,800 including Gift Aid, for UK children’s charity Action Medical Research after cycling from London to Amsterdam.
Eleven employees took part in the 140-mile ride from 23-26 September to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children: Declan Higgins, James Buller, Alan Vaux, Paul Lewellen, David Saunders, Jamie Wray, Louis Monk, Steve Burroughs, Warren Scott, Ollie Burrows and Jordan Walker.
Declan Higgins, Partnerships Manager of Higgins Construction commented, “Initially we were tasked with raising £1,000 per person but we are delighted to have been able to raise a great deal more for such a worthwhile charity. In 2014 a few of us also rode as part of a team to Paris for Action Medical Research and it was great to be able to support them once again. This year’s team was a real mix of abilities- from those that are accomplished cyclists to those that can barely ride a bike; it was so satisfying to get to Amsterdam with no real issues, apart from a couple of dodgy knees and a few minor falls. We look forward to cycling again in the near future as a larger group, raising more money for charity.”
“This is a fantastic achievement by the team from Higgins – that’s a tough challenge but we’re so grateful for their support,” says Oly Watts, Challenge Events Manager at Action Medical Research.
“There are hundreds of thousands of children in the UK whose lives are devastated by disease and disability. Research can put a stop to this, but Action Medical Research needs help which is why fundraising like this is so important.”
For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research they’ve funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.
The charity is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
If you’d like to ride for a reason and raise money for Action Medical Research, please visit action.org.uk/events/cycling to find out more.
To support Higgins Construction’s fundraising, please visit action.org.uk/sponsor/HigginsGroupplc