A team of 12 from Elliotts Builders Merchant is gearing up to ride over 550 miles from Belgium to France this weekend to raise money for Rainbow Trust.
Starting September 28, Team Elliotts will cycle the gruelling ride from Ostend, Belgium to Vosges, France over 3 days – the finish point for the challenge is at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges mountains.
Dan Coombes, assistant branch manager at Elliotts Southampton, said: “Team training started late July and I think we’re ready for the challenge. We’ve completed a series of rides across Ringwood, Romsey, Bishop’s Waltham and areas with lots of hills to help strengthen our legs.”
The team are hoping to raise £10,000 for charity, with half of the money raised going to Elliotts staff-nominated Charity of the Year, Rainbow Trust. This very special charity provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a serious, life threatening or terminal illness.
Tom Elliott, CEO of Elliotts, says “There are 125 riders across 31 teams taking part in the Vosges challenge this year, and we have 12 riders for Team Elliotts.”
“It will be a demanding route, and we have an ambitious fundraising target, but we have a fantastic team who are determined to smash both.”
The 550 mile challenge, named the Vosges Challenge, has been organised by Challenge Adventure Charities. The organisation was founded by Elliotts’ own chairman, Stuart Mason Elliott, and has raised over £4.5million since the late 1996 for worthwhile causes. 100% of monies raised goes to good causes.