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Great cycle ride raises thousands for Special Days

October 1, 2015

Thanks to one of our major partners, Great Portland Estates, for organising a fantastic fundraising cycle ride event last week. Fifty-six of GPE’s employees, clients and suppliers hopped on their bikes for the two-day ride. Covering 130-miles, they started in Ross-on-Wye, with an over night stop in Oxford before finishing outside the GPE headquarters in London.

Between them, the agents, accountants, lawyers and architects have raised more than £67,000 for Willow, an incredible amount that will help us to fund many more Special Days.

We organised for Oxford resident and Special Day Beneficiary Helen, to meet the team at the halfway point to explain to them the impact that her Special Day had on her family. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 34, Willow arranged an overnight stay at Legoland for her and her young family, afterwards she said:

It was so wonderful to be having a proper family day out with no thoughts about treatment and illness. I can honestly say the anticipation and the two days were an absolute highlight in what has been a pretty rubbish year. I really can’t express enough what an amazing impact this has had on my family. The children always talk about it; we have been left with so many magical memories.”

Motivated by Helen’s words and led by organisers James Pellatt, GPE Head of Projects and Neil Thompson, GPE Portfolio Director, the team rode across the finish line to a cheering crowd, including Team Willow waving our purple pom-poms.

Willow Life-President Bob Wilson, who is also a keen cyclist said: “What a fantastic achievement. Having recently cycled 60 miles, I can fully appreciate that this was no mean feat! Thank you to everyone who organised, participated, sponsored and supported this amazing event and thank you for choosing to support Willow. The amount raised really will make a huge, positive difference to the lives of so many young people and their loved ones at a time when they need it most.”

Photography  by Richard Hanmer, Cycle To…