Super cyclists are awesome charity champions
WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get going – and that’s exactly what a team of super cyclists did as they braved the elements for a massive charity challenge.
The Champion Group, based in Wella Road, Basingstoke, have chosen to support Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) as their charity of the year, and the community-focused company is bidding to raise as much money as possible in 2023.
On August 18, a team of six cyclists – Jon Bird, Adam Chandler, Ian Dobson, Lionel Eales, Simon Hall and Dan Hare – pedalled through torrential rain as they took on a 150-mile plus route from Champion House headquarters to Portsmouth, cycling across a wet and windy Isle of Wight, before returning to Lymington for the trek home to the finish line at Basingstoke Rugby Football Club, in Pack Lane.
A highlight of the epic ride was a stop off at the HIOWAA headquarters at Thruxton, where the riders and support crews met some of the team who work for the life-saving air ambulance charity.
Wellwishers cheered the cyclists, who were joined by personal trainer and support crew member Ryan Chandler for the last leg of the journey, as they arrived at the finish line just before 7pm – 15 hours after they had set off before dawn.
The Champion Group and cyclists appealed to local firms to sponsor the riders by paying for company logos to go on the riders’ shirts – and the response was amazing.
Jill McDonagh, supporter engagement manager at HIOWAA, was among the welcome party, and she thanked the cyclists for their amazing support.
The fundraising total, with gift aid, currently stands at £11,997.25 and there is still time to donate to the riders, individually or collectively, at https://thechampiongroup.co.uk/hampshire-loopy/ – and this is where you can also see the full list of all the companies who have provided crucial sponsorship support to the riders.
To find out more about the amazing work that is done by HIOWAA, go to https://www.hiowaa.org
The start of the challenge – (left to right) Dan Hare, Ian Dobson, Adam Chandler, Simon Hall, Jon Bird and Lionel Eales with the HIOWAA banner outside Champion House before the ride started at 3.45am