GEFCO UK staff to cycle from Coventry to Paris for BBC Children in Need

27 July 2018

A team of cyclists from GEFCO UK are raising money for BBC Children in Need by cycling 300 miles from the company’s UK headquarters in Coventry to the Corporate headquarters in Courbevoie near Paris, France.

The group of 52 cyclists made up of colleagues from all over GEFCO UK will take part in the four-day challenge starting on 7th September and will be accompanied by eight support vehicles along the route that includes stops at Blenheim Palace and Chris Evans’ The Mulberry Inn, in Sussex.  “Our team of cyclists are currently training hard for the Coventry to Paris cycle ride and we are confident they will complete the challenge in good time while raising money for BBC Children in Need,” said Helen Grover, Director of Human Resources, GEFCO UK.

Every year, GEFCO conducts charity work and team building exercises to foster inclusion throughout the company and raising money for BBC Children in Need is the perfect way for our staff to combine both activities while taking part in a meaningful experience.

GEFCO is working with trainers from Freestyle 360 who are assisting the cyclists by planning the route, providing training programmes, and accompanying the team throughout the challenge. “Freestyle 360 has an established relationship with GEFCO which has resulted in many great opportunities for both of our organisations,” said Tim Spittle, Founder, Freestyle 360.

 “We are excited to share our expertise with the participants in the build-up to the challenge, which is going to raise much-needed funds for a very worthwhile charity.” The team will cycle from Coventry to Reading on 7th September, then from Reading to Newhaven on day two, before crossing the Channel by ferry and continuing to Rouen in northern France on day three. 

They will complete the final push from Rouen to Courbevoie on 11th September, and travel back to the UK on 12th September.

Grover added, “BBC Children in Need is close to our hearts through their support of local organisations in Coventry, and we could think of no better way to give back to society, encourage team building and promote healthy living within our valued staff, than by fundraising for the national charity. “The cycle challenge will also help us to further strengthen our ties with our colleagues in France and reinforce our commitment to corporate social responsibility.” The cyclists will be documenting their preparations and the actual event on social media channels which can be followed with the hashtag, #GEFCOC2P.

GEFCO UK is a subsidiary of France-based GEFCO Group offering global supply chain solutions and automotive logistics through a multimodal network.

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