£100k fundraising barrier broken by BCA Cycle Challenge

Time 11:27 am, November 9, 2018

WITH all the donations and pledges now collected, BCA and Action for A-T have confirmed that the 2018 BCA Cycle Challenge raised a grand total of £100,065.

The money will help fund Action for A-T’s ongoing support of research into the rare genetic childhood disease ataxia telangiectasia.

BCA chief commercial officer Craig Purvey was delighted to hand over a cheque to Sean Kelly, chief executive of Action for A-T, at BCA Blackbushe last month.

Both of them completed the challenge – a 245-mile, three-day ride from BCA’s head office in Bedford to the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

The event featured cyclists from BCA and the wider motor industry who were joined by broadcaster, journalist and well-known cycling enthusiast Naga Munchetty, who tweeted the progress of the event to her 105,000 followers. The team left BCA Bedford on the morning of September 20, arriving at the Royal Palace two days later.

Significant sum

Purvey said: ‘Everyone who participated would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters who helped to make the 2018 BCA Cycle Challenge possible.

‘We are delighted to announce that we have broken through the £100,000 barrier this year, having raised £93,000 in 2017. We know this money will be put to very good use helping to identify a cure for this debilitating childhood disease.’

Sponsors for the event included Ancaster, Assured, Cambria Autos, Renault Retail, Trade Centre UK and Trust Ford.

Thrifty provided support vehicles for the second year running and Rawlins Davy Solicitors also supported the event.

Kelly said: ‘We would like to thank BCA, their customers and all the sponsors for supporting Action for A-T and the families who look to us for hope. We have raised a significant sum this year in support of Action for A-T and those funds will be put to very good use.’

To donate to Action for A-T, click here.

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