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Basingstoke Charity Cycle

19 Sep 2016

Basingstoke cycle team


A team of bus drivers from Basingstoke took part in the London to Brighton cycle challenge on 11th September 2016.

Team Stagecoach consisting of Louisa Fraser, Derek Primmer, Robin Colburn, Don McGovern, Aaron West and Steve Cannon were raising money for St. Michael's Hospice who provide specialist care and support for those with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers, to attain the highest possible quality of life.

From the capital city to the Sussex coast, Team Stagecoach joined hundreds of riders to experience some of England's idyllic countryside along the 54 mile renowned route. Starting at Clapham Junction, the team conquered the infamous hill of Ditchling Beacon, climbing to one of the highest points on the South Downs before pedalling to the finish line at Brighton Sea front.

Basingstoke based bus driver Rob Hannam, event organiser, said: "As a keen cyclist, I am thrilled to be involved in the London to Brighton Bike Ride,'
'This event is testament to the fact that cycling is such a great sport that everyone can enjoy and at the same time, raise money for such a great cause'

Martin Gibbon, Operations Manager for Stagecoach, said: “Since I joined Stagecoach I have been overwhelmed by the response from our staff and drivers, and the challenges they have undertaken in order to raise money for local charity. I am therefore delighted to support 'Team Stagecoach' and their charity bike ride. It’s a tough challenge and we are incredibly proud of their efforts.

Jackie Ridge, Corporate Partnership and Legacy Manager, St. Michael’s Hospice (North Hampshire) said: “As long term supporters of St. Michael’s Hospice we were thrilled to learn that once again Stagecoach staff were going the extra mile to fundraise for us. Although saying thank you is very simple to say we really do mean it, the dedication of the team taking part in this challenge and the continued support of Stagecoach is something we are extremely thankful for. Stagecoach have worked closely with the Hospice since 2002 raising over £9,000 during that time, the ever popular Santa Bus which runs during December is always popular and we are looking forward to this year’s festive bus.”

If you would like to donate, please visit the teams' fundraising page click here