Kier Harlow employees cycle London to Paris to raise £1,600 for St Clare Hospice

Three Kier Harlow employees have bravely tackled rain, swarms of flies, and copious wrong turns and near misses with Parisian drivers, to raise valuable funds for local charities St Clare Hospice and the Harlow Community Chest. In a daring feat, the three ladies cycled over 240 miles to complete the London to Paris bike ride in three days and raised over £1,600 for these worthy causes.

Cyclists Gaynor Watson, Sue Grosvenor and Kim Mehew had an entourage of colleagues for the challenge, including Les Cole, Martin Andrews and Mark Rafferty who provided motivation and directions, as well as acting as tour guides and pace setters in the sponsored Kier van each day.

Kier Harlow purchasing officer Kim Mehew said: “Whoever thought France is a flat country is sorely mistaken. At one point I thought we were climbing the Pyrenees! But what an experience, we’ve loved (almost!) every minute and it makes it even more special to have done it for such a great cause.”

Mike Hayter, chairman of the Harlow Community Chest, which provides money to poverty stricken Harlow residents commented:” This donation is so valuable to our organisation and makes such a difference. As a small charity that solely depends on donations we really appreciate the special effort the Kier Harlow ladies have made.”

St Clare Hospice provides specialist care for people who have illnesses such as cancer, neurological disease or organ failure. Tracy Stratford, events fundraiser at the hospice said: ”We are delighted that Kier Harlow is continuing its support of our charity, over the years it has been very generous and been involved with our fundraisers such as the Midnight Walk as well as coming up with its own ways of raising funds for us. We’d like to say a big thank you for this recent donation.”

Known as the ‘charity ladies’ in Kier Harlow, Gaynor, Sue and Kim tirelessly campaign to raise money for charity and are constantly thinking of new ways to do it. With feet only just freshly back on English turf, they are already limbering up for their next challenge - the Palace to Palace bike ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, in aid of the Prince’s Trust. All the ladies agreed that this challenge is sure to be a doddle when compared to London to Paris!

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Kier Harlow, which undertakes repairs and maintenance and environmental duties for the council, was formed in February 2007 when Harlow Council entered into a joint venture arrangement with Kier Support Services.

Kier Harlow provides a variety of duties on behalf of the council including housing repairs for the council’s 10,000-plus properties, municipal building repairs, maintenance service for commercial and other premises owned or operated by the council, street scene and grounds maintenance, looking after Harlow’s streets and green spaces, pest control and vehicle maintenance.

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