15 May 2013
Some of the Telindus team
A team of Telindus employees, including three who’ve undergone cancer treatment, will cycle from the UK to Brussels in June in a bid to raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Telindus Solutions Architect, Paul Sweeney, has organised the 256 mile Tour Telindus 2013 ride which starts from the company’s HQ in Camberley, Surrey, to the groups HQ in Brussels between 21 and 24 June.
Paul, 49, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 and is now in remission will be joined by two other former cancer patients and Telindus employees, Client Director Kevin Mott and Network Consultant Mark Barrett, along with 16 other riders and four support team volunteers from the company.
Paul, who is married with three children, took up cycling after cancer treatment to boost his fitness. Paul added: 'Organising the event is our way of showing we’ve beaten cancer and to do something positive with our lives to help others.'
Split into four stages, the journey will start at their head office in Camberley and the the UK leg will see the riders cover 120 miles and burn around 7,000 calories during two, seven-hour stints. On day three, having travelled over by ferry, the team will cycle from Calais to Roeselare. Day four is the last leg of the bike ride and will take them into Brussels and to the finish line at Belgacom Towers, the group’s HQ.
Paul has never undertaken such an adventure before, and intended to form a small group of cyclists from work. The plan was scaled up to its current level after immense support from Telindus.
Fundraising efforts have been led by the riders, promoted through their Virgin Money Giving page. You can follow fundraising efforts and the ride on Twitter via @TourTelindus.
Some of Telindus’ customers have already helped out. Telent has donated a support van to carry supplies, spare parts, luggage and a support team. Andrew Medhurst, recruitment consultant from inspirepeople.net, is joining the ride as the 20th rider and is making a significant financial donation.
Each of the riders is available for sponsorship by a corporate backer, in return for a generous donation to the fundraising total.
Helene Poursain, Surrey Fundraising Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support said: 'The Telindus target donation total would fund a Macmillan nurse for two and a half months providing care and support to cancer patients and their families. Or, it would cover nearly a whole day of call centre support, enough time to answer 540 calls and emails from people who need emotional, practical or financial support.'
So far more than £4,500 has been raised and the challenge is to now reach the target of £10,000.