An intrepid team of cyclists from JCT600 this week (25 August) successfully completed a 640 mile ride in aid of the Bradford-based motor retailer’s chosen charity of 2014, Association of Young People with ME (AYME), and has almost doubled its original fundraising target.
A team of 28 intrepid cyclists from JCT600 took part in the ‘Grand Depart’, cycling past all 47 of the group’s dealerships across Yorkshire, the North East, the Humber, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in just five days. The charity challenge was supported by donations from colleagues, friends and partner companies totalling £19,500 so far with more sponsorship still coming in.
The core team led by JCT600 finance director Nigel Shaw comprised colleagues Martin Holmes, Brand Financial Controller Volume Division; Simon Morton, Mercedes-Benz technician; and Marc Peasegood, Volkswagen Rotherham workshop controller; with colleagues Chris Bray, Stephen Booker, David Haigh; Max Osborne; and Brendan Poole riding part of the route as well as providing driver support and All Terrain Cycles providing mechanical assistance. A further 20 colleagues joined the JCT600 peloton along the way.
JCT600 was supported by over 30 companies including Grant Thornton, Gordons Solicitors, Platinum Print, Auto Trader, Motors, Premia, Castrol and W Denis Insurance Brokers. The peloton swelled further as representatives from these partner companies took to the road too.
Setting off from JCT600’s head office in Bradford on 20th August, the team visited dealerships in Menston and Rawdon with a stopover at Barnard Castle before heading north to its Bentley and Porsche dealerships in Newcastle. The following day, they cycled over 127 miles down to York, Hull and Grimsby before visiting Audi in Boston and Lincoln on the fourth day. They then took in Newark, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster before a final gruelling day cycling passed the dealerships in Wakefield, Castleford, Leeds and Bradford.
“The cycle ride was another fantastic charity event for JCT600 with over 60 colleagues and friends from our partner companies taking to two wheels and completing this mammoth challenge in aid of a small, but vital charity,” explained Nigel Shaw, finance director of JCT600.
“It was a gruelling but hugely enjoyable five days with 30,000 feet of climbing and all the drama of the Tour, from falls to inclement weather. Many thanks to everyone who took part, came out to support us along the way and who generously donated – raising almost £20,000 is an achievement we can all be proud of.”
To sponsor the Tour de JCT600, visit www.justgiving.com/tourdejct600