Buildbase goes to Paris

A team from builders merchant Buildbase is to tackle the 480km cycle ride from London to Paris in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Buildbase goes to Paris

Every Grafton Merchanting GB brand, including Buildbase, has adopted Macmillan as its national charity partner in 2011. The aim is to raise £200,000 for the Macmillan Support Line, a helpline that offers practical and financial support and guidance to people living with cancer.

The cycle adventure begins on July6 and will take the staff and certain suppliers, taking just four days to complete nearly 500km.

Buildbase will be represented by David Grimsdale, Tim Felton, Neil Parsons, David Robertson and Colin Peacock. Manufacturers’ representatives taking on the challenge are: Nigel Williams (Premier Forest), Jason Drinkwater (Hanson), Mark Reid (Keystone) and Krystal Webster (Aggregate Industries).

“There will be some long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill climbs,” says Grimsdale who has masterminded the event.

“The sight of the Eiffel Tower, our finishing point, will be our goal. The team is made up of cyclists of varying abilities and one of our party is a complete novice.

“We’re completing our training in any moments outside working hours, but the distance and timescale of the challenge will be a test for each one of us.”

Donations can be given online at

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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