When a team from the Howdens Wrexham depot mounted their bikes, two charities were set to gain significant extra funding...
Gary Butcher, who works at the depot, got together with Howdens delivery driver, Mike Potts, and three local businessmen, Richard Williams, Steve Richards and Paul Cooke. Their mission was to complete a sponsored cycling challenge from Wrexham to Monte Carlo, to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability (Howdens’ longstanding charity partner) and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (now called Bloodwise). They chose the latter because Richard sadly lost his sister to Leukaemia as a child
The ride was no mean feat, especially for Gary, who had started cycling only recently. The journey took 8½ days, covering more than 900 miles, with over 50,000 feet of climb overall. Very impressive, when you realise Everest is 28,000 feet! With no rest days, the team averaged just over 100 miles a day, and cycled through five countries: Wales, England, France and Monaco and Italy, which they decided to pop into as it’s only 10 miles from Monte Carlo.
At the end of it all, they raised over £12,000 for the charities. An amazing achievement that will make a big difference to many people’s lives.