Two members of staff at haart estate agents in Bury St Edmunds have helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Magic Moments charity, to take children from hospices across the UK to Disneyland Paris.
Branch partner Melanie Mills and negotiator Adam Colley were part of a team of 40 cyclists who took part in different legs of a 254-mile cycle ride from Cardiff to Colchester over three days, helping to raise £70,000 in the process.
Adam, who cycled the whole distance, said: “Whilst I am a cyclist, I have never done that kind of distance before. It was brilliant, though, especially at the end when we cycled back to haart’s headquarters.”
Melanie, who completed the 74-mile London to Colchester leg, said: “There was a real feeling of camaraderie within our group. Having been on the Disney trip myself, I have seen first-hand how the money goes towards making amazing memories. Doing something that we all really enjoy makes it even nicer to raise as much money as possible. Myself and Adam collectively raised just over £1,000.”
As they finished the race in Colchester, at least one of the families waiting to greet the riders had been on the Disney trip with Magic Moments.
Melanie added: “This is the third cycle ride I have done for Magic Moments and I am lucky enough to be on the board of what is an amazing charity, so to see a Magic Moments family at the end of the ride welcoming us home made it even more special.”
Nine of the 40-strong group cycled right across the country from west coast to east and were joined en route by cyclists from Cardiff to Bath (63 miles) and from Clapham Common to Colchester (74 miles).
Magic Moments was set up by haart over 15 years ago to take children from hospices and their families to experience the magic of Disney. Staff from the firm’s headquarters, associated companies, suppliers and sister estate agencies took part, helping boost the amount raised.
haart managing director Russell Jervis, who completed the whole ride, said: “It was an incredible experience, one I’ll never forget. Day two was particularly gruelling, with 10 hours in the saddle through driving rain and a head wind, covering 117 miles. But we battled through, giving us all the most amazing sense of achievement when we reached the end.”
Jonathan Martin, chairman of the trustees for Magic Moments, said: “This year, we broke all records for the funds raised and for the first time ever we will be taking two trips at different times of the year to Disneyland Paris, accommodating around 100 children and family members.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the cyclists who took part, all those who helped and sponsored us and to the event organisers, Maximum Adventure. We are now turning our attention to next year’s ride – who knows just how far our cyclists will be willing to venture next time!”
For further information about Magic Moments and to see how to get involved, visit www.magicmomentcharity.co.uk.