Five employees from Grain LNG have raised over £8k for Macmillan by taking part in an epic 300-mile bike ride from London to Paris.
Riders, Stuart Clack, Stuart Meggs, Garrard Collins, Ian Allison and Damian Heylen, are all team mates at Grain LNG. They named the ride “Riding for Russell”, in memory of a colleague of 37 years who lost his battle with cancer earlier in the year.
They decided to use the ride to raise money for Macmillan, our employee chosen charity and have so far raised over £8,000 – excluding matched giving!
The ride certainly wasn’t plain sailing; industrial action at the port of Calais, bringing all ferries to a grinding halt.
With true determination, Stuart and the team changed their route and travelled to the continent via New Haven. The route change, Stuart said made the first day’s ride shorter. If it wasn’t hard enough, the team also had to battle riding on the hottest July day ever recorded in the UK.
Describing the next stage of the ride, Stuart said: “We had an hour delay on the ferry which meant we didn’t get to bed until 2am. Due to the strike we then had to catch a coach the following morning to what would had been our first water, this meant we left the hotel at 7am so we only had four hours sleep.”
The team eventually made it to France and continued the journey to the finish line in Paris, raising thousands for Macmillan in the process.
“We’ve done lots of fundraising at the LNG plant in Grain which included Thursday feasts which were meals we cooked and sold, a quiz night, ice creams, a ‘guess the baby weight’ competition, golf day, team sticks and we finished with a celebration barbeque.
“Currently we’ve raised £8,375 without matched giving … this is an incredible amount, especially when you take into consideration the headcount at our site.”
A video has been created which tracks the team’s journey.