Tunbridge Wells team smashes 24-hour charity challenge raising over £7,000 for Hospice in the Weald

Staff from Tunbridge Wells Gleeds have beaten their fundraising target to cycle non-stop for 24 hours and raise money for Hospice in the Weald.

The team of 24 fundraisers aimed to cycle continuously for 1,300 miles over 24 hours on static bikes - 10 miles for every year the organisation has been in business. Last week Gleeds staff, stationed on exercise bikes donated by Nuffield Health and cheered on by family and friends, peddled for 1,654 miles, raising £7,115 for Hospice in the Weald. The distance is equivalent to travelling from Tunbridge Wells to Gleeds’ 15 other UK offices and then across to Paris.

Speaking about the fundraising challenge, Gleeds Director Richard Hine, who helped rally support for the event said: “We wanted to get everyone in the office involved in fundraising and decided the most inclusive approach would be running an event from the office. We’ve had a phenomenal response from staff and supporters, everyone really got behind the challenge and as a result we’ve managed to exceed our fundraising target by £2,000!”

He added: “We’re longstanding supporters of Hospice in the Weald. The work they do to support patients and families is truly remarkable, so to be fundraising for them again in this way, makes us very proud - and the achy legs all worthwhile!”

Based in Pembury, Hospice in the Weald provides free of charge, 24-hour care for patients with a terminal illness in West Kent and northern East Sussex.

Beth Swarbigg who is fundraising director of Hospice on the Weald, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Gleeds chose to fundraise for us, support like this is essential if our services are to remain tenable. In addition to the care provided from Pembury, we provide a ‘hospice in the home’ service which takes our nurses, healthcare assistants and volunteers out into our local communities. The money Gleeds has raised will go towards funding this service, helping terminally ill patients who want to remain in their homes.”

The cycling challenge was one in a series of events taking place under the banner of Gleeds’ ‘Global Challenge’. Between Monday 21st September and Friday 25th September 1500 staff across Gleeds’ 56 international offices volunteered one working day to participate in local fundraising events in an attempt to raise £130,000 for charity in one week - one hundred pounds for every year the organisation has been in business.

So far, the business has raised in excess of £100,000 with fundraising tallies still flooding in from Gleeds’ international offices.

To find out how you can support Hospice in the Weald, visit http://hospiceintheweald.org.uk/.