Cycling for a good cause
Simon Severn, Regional QHSE Manager, England East, and 10 others cycled from Derbyshire to Sheffield, to raise money for a local charity, Ben's Den.
The charity offers free holiday retreats to families with children suffering from cancer. The Trust works closely with CLIC Sargent, who refer the families to the Charity and Haven Holidays, who kindly give free entertainment passes for the families to take full advantage of the site.
Heading towards Matlock Bath in a cold fog, the temperature decreased as the ride progressed through the Peak district. There was a stop at Sheffield Children’s hospital to visit the PACT House and meet a few families who had used the BEN’s DEN holiday homes. “It was quite humbling and emotional for all the riders as they rode away with the children waving and shouting “safe journey”, when you know their journey will be a lot tougher” says Simon.
Continuing back through the peak district, the group hit a slight detour in Chesterfield, as some of the roads were closed for the Chesterfield Marathon. Heading on to the Nottingham Queens Medical Centre, they met with more families who had benefited from using BEN’s Den.
Arriving back home, they had clocked up an incredible 123 miles, climbing 7,670 feet in a time of 8 hours 34 minutes.
Well done guys!