Two intrepid cyclists from Haart estate agents in Bury St Edmunds have helped 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 among 40 cyclists who took part in different legs of a 254-mile ride from Cardiff to Colchester over three-days helping to raise £70,000.
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, 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.”
Magic Moments was set up by Haart more than 15 years ago to take children from hospices and their families to Disney.
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.”
For further information about Magic Moments and to see how you can get involved, please visit www.magicmomentcharity.co.uk