Pedal power helps Perse catering team complete successful charity mission
12 Apr 2019
Perse catering staff have hit more than double their fundraising target after completing an arduous charity bike ride.
The five-strong team of Craig Minney, Steve Wade, Gareth Williams, Christian Turner and Matt Heys rode 250 miles in just three days to raise money for Bullies Out, a charity that provides education, training and support to thousands of young people affected by bullying in this country.
Bullies Out is this year’s chosen charity of the Holroyd Howe Foundation – the fundraising arm of Holroyd Howe, who provide the catering services at The Perse and many other independent schools in the UK. The team pedalled between 16 of the schools for which Holroyd Howe supply catering, setting off from Wolverhampton and taking in Coventry, Oxford, Reading, London, Watford and Letchworth before finishing at The Perse School in Cambridge.
Having aimed to raise £1,000 for Bullies Out, the Perse caterers were delighted that their efforts had made more than £2,180 for the cause.
Craig said: “It’s more than double what we set out to raise, so it’s fantastic. We’ve had great support and it definitely makes it worthwhile. There’s a real sense of achievement in completing the ride and raising a lot of money for a good cause.”
Steve added: “There was one guy in Pangbourne who saw us and asked what we were doing. When we told him, he just gave us a tenner. Things like that are just great and help keep you going.”
None of the team are regular cyclists and despite being unscathed, they admitted it had been a tough challenge both in preparation and during the ride itself.
Gareth said: “After Christmas we started going to the gym once or twice a week, but we soon got bored of that! We probably should have started cycling earlier though and got a few more miles under our belt before we actually went.”
Steve said: “If there had been no hills, it would have been great!” while Craig added: “We went through the Chiltern Hills towards the end of the first day and we really felt it, and on day three there was a lot of leg burn coming across the hills from Letchworth to Cambridge which was tough.”
However, they were thrilled with the support they received at each school they stopped off at before arriving to a warm welcome home at The Perse.
Craig said: “We were given lunch, snacks, hot chocolate, coffee and copious amounts of flapjack along the way. It was great to have that support and encouragement along the way and we didn’t expect the reception we had when we came back, so that was really nice.”
There is still time to support the Perse catering team’s appeal. To donate, please visit their JustGiving page.