Team ISG Goes Beyond Gold to Raise Charity Cash
Team GB’s Olympic medal haul has encouraged many to dust off their bicycles and get out on two wheels, but a team gathered by main contractor ISG, has gone beyond Gold to raise over £7,500 for charity. Eleven cyclists recently took part in a three-day challenge to raise funds for Sussex-based hospice Chestnut Tree House and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and inspire some courageous young people along the way.
Starting out at Putney Bridge and following the route of the Olympic road race, Team ISG’s ‘Going Beyond Gold’ challenge took the cyclists to the infamous Shere Hill as they made their way down to Arundel in West Sussex on day one, covering about 85 miles. Day two saw the team stop off at Chestnut Tree Hospice, the only hospice catering for 0-19 year-olds in Sussex, which has to raise £2.4 million a year to deliver the vital care it offers. Here, the team held a special ‘Going Beyond Gold’ award ceremony, handing out gold medals to patients before continuing 93 miles on the next leg of their gruelling journey, all the way across to East Sussex.
After an overnight stay in Pembury, the team cycled back through via Horsham, tackling the gruelling Box Hill along the way - the venue for the King of the Mountain challenge - after already completing 60 miles. The café at the top of Box Hill provided some much-needed respite before the team completed its final 30-mile leg back to Putney Bridge.
ISG is no stranger to cycling challenges and several members of this years’ team also completed the ‘ISG Links the Velodromes’ challenge last year. The 2011 challenge involved cycling between the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, where ISG has delivered numerous projects including relaying the track, and the Olympic Velodrome, which was built by the contractor. Once again, the team was made up of ISG personnel and members of staff from the company’s clients and consultants, all of whom are experienced cyclists or Ironman triathletes.
Challenge organiser and ISG's construction HSQ&E director, Vincent Busk commented: “If anything, this year’s challenge was even harder than last year’s, and I planned the route to make sure the team had some challenging hill climbs. We had great fun over the three days and there was a real sense of achievement from completing the challenge, but the real inspiration was meeting up with some of the exceptional children that battle against illness every day. That’s why the medal ceremony at Chestnut Tree House was such an important part of the journey and the reason we wanted to raise as much money as possible to help fund vital treatment, services and research.”
All monies raised are being divided equally between Chestnut Tree House and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and donations can still be made via:
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