Hastings Direct

Hastings Direct colleagues cycle 126 miles and raise over £3,000 for local charity

14th September 2016

An early start from Newmarket

The riders at the start…

Back row l-r: Daryl Nayler, Alan Auger, Mark Humphrey , Nicole, Paul Baker, Martin Pierce, Ben Wright, Dave Peacock, Gary Cook
Front: Simon Catmur and Matt Laver

At the finish line

…and at the finish line.

Back row l-r: Alan Auger, Ewan Egginton, Dave Peacock, Sarah Earley, Gary Cook, Paul Baker, Simon Catmur, Daryl Nayler, Nicole Walker, Mark Humphrey, Martin Pierce, Ben Wright and Matt Laver
Centre / front row l-r: Leah Norman and Jenny Private from Homecall with Charlotte Jakeman and Tracy Heath

Eleven colleagues from Hastings Direct have raised a whopping £3,400 (and counting) for Bexhill based charity Homecall after cycling an impressive 126 miles in one day in eighty-degree heat.

Leaving the company's Newmarket office at 5.30am on Tuesday morning, the workmates and amateur cyclists reached Hastings Direct's head office in Bexhill at 8.30pm welcomed by fellow colleagues and representatives from Homecall.

Martin Pierce, Dave Peacock, Ben Wright, Gary Cook, Nicole Walker, Daryl Nayler, Matt Laver, Mark Humphrey, Paul Baker, Simon Catmur and Alan Auger have been training for over three months and although a tough challenge, enjoyed every minute of the charity ride.

Ben Wright from Hastings Direct said, "It was a great challenge and everyone taking part should be really proud of their achievements. The riders and support crew worked really hard on the hottest September day on record, raising money for a brilliant local charity and having a lot of fun in the process. We're really touched by the support and welcome we received."

Jay Wootten, community relations manager added, "We're delighted to be able to support our charity partners of 2016 with events like this. It also provided an opportunity for our colleagues to give something back via our community day programme. A big well done to team Hastings."

Leah Norman from Homecall said "A massive thank you to everyone from Hastings Direct that cycled from Newmarket to Bexhill on a very hot day to raise valuable funds for our small charity. The amount raised is truly phenomenal and will ensure Our Volunteer Visitors continue to provide home visits and support to the visually impaired to help them maintain their independence in our community."

Visit JustGiving.com to follow the team's fundraising.

About Homecall:

Homecall is a registered charity that offers a volunteer home visiting scheme for the visually impaired in Bexhill. We provide a free service, funded entirely by grants, legacies, donations and ongoing fundraising events. Homecall currently maintains a list of between 50 and 60 Volunteer Visitors with a similar number of clients. Through our network of trained and vetted Volunteer Visitors we offer regular visits to Clients usually once a week, to help with a variety of tasks made difficult by sight loss. Our Volunteer Visitors help the substantially visually impaired maintain their independence, stay in their own homes and relieve social isolation enabling access to the community.

For further information contact Leah Norman our Scheme Manager on 01424-717 795 or email leah.homecall@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

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